Global warming, human activities causing increased storm runoff, flash floods

first_imgA new study published in the journal Nature Communications this week looks at how storm runoff levels might respond to future changes in surface temperature and atmospheric moisture content driven by both natural causes and human activities.The research team behind the study, led by Pierre Gentine, an associate professor of earth and environmental engineering at Columbia University in New York City, says that there’s is the first global analysis to show that storm runoff extremes are rising sharply in response to climate and human-induced changes — and that the magnitude of storm runoff is likely to continue increasing in most regions at rates substantially higher than projected by previous climate models.Gentile and team argue that there is “an urgent need” to increase human society’s resilience to both climate change and the changing environment, because storm runoff extremes are intensifying as the world warms and our existing infrastructure systems may not be able to cope. According to a report by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction and the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters, climate-related catastrophes like droughts, floods, and other extreme-weather events accounted for more than 90 percent of the 7,255 disasters recorded over the past 20 years, which collectively killed 1.3 million people and left 4.4 billion more either injured, homeless, or displaced.Of those climate-related disasters, 43 percent were flash floods, one of the leading causes of deaths and economic damages driven by severe weather events around the world. A 2017 study found that floods have been responsible for an average of $30 billion in economic damages every year for the past decade. And as global temperatures continue to rise and the impacts of human activities accelerate, increasing numbers of extreme precipitation events are expected to make flash flooding even more frequent and costly.A study published in the journal Nature Communications last week looks at how storm runoff levels might respond to future changes in surface temperature and atmospheric moisture content driven by both natural causes and human activities. The research team behind the study, led by Pierre Gentine, an associate professor of earth and environmental engineering at Columbia University in New York City, says that there’s is the first global analysis to show that storm runoff extremes are rising sharply in response to climate and human-induced changes — and that the magnitude of storm runoff is likely to continue increasing in most regions at rates substantially higher than previously projected by climate models.Jiabo Yin of China’s Wuhan University, the study’s lead author, is currently a visiting student at Columbia University in New York City, where he’s working with Gentine’s research group. He says the team performed a global-scale hydrological analysis in order to determine what physical mechanisms are driving increasing extreme precipitation and runoff events.“We know that precipitation and runoff extremes will significantly intensify in the future, and we need to modify our infrastructures accordingly,” Yin said in a statement. “Our study establishes a framework for investigating the runoff response.”After determining the mechanisms driving increased precipitation and runoff, the researchers systematically compared runoff rates and temperatures over the past several decades to precipitation levels across the globe. They found that changes in storm runoff extremes in most of the world are in line with or in some cases even higher than those of precipitation extremes.Because a warmer atmosphere can hold more moisture, and precipitation is the result of atmospheric water vapor condensing, climate scientists have long projected more intense precipitation extremes due to global warming. But Yin, Gentine, and team determined that storm runoff rates will have an even more dramatic response than precipitation to human-induced pressures like climate change and land-use changes such as deforestation, posing potentially severe threats to ecosystems and communities.“These strong responses imply that more attention should be paid to the potentially underestimated response of storm runoff to climate and anthropogenic changes in order to improve our understanding and projection of flash flooding events and to improve community resilience,” the researchers write in the study.Gentile and team argue that there is “an urgent need” to increase human society’s resilience to both climate change and the changing environment, because storm runoff extremes are intensifying as the world warms and our existing infrastructure systems may not be able to cope.“Our work helps explain the underlying physical mechanisms related to the intensification of precipitation and runoff extremes,” Gentine said in a statement. “This will help improve flood forecasting and early-warning alerts. Our findings can help provide scientific guidance for infrastructure and ecosystem resilience planning, and could help formulate strategies for tackling climate change.”Columbia Engineers lead first global analysis to characterize the responses of storm runoff extremes to climate and human-induced changes; study sheds new light on rising magnitude of extreme flash floods. Photo Credit: Eric Buermeyer/Shutterstock.CITATION• Roxy, M. K., Ghosh, S., Pathak, A., Athulya, R., Mujumdar, M., Murtugudde, R., … & Rajeevan, M. (2017). A threefold rise in widespread extreme rain events over central India. Nature Communications, 8(1), 708. doi:10.1038/nclimate1911• Yin, J., Gentine, P., Zhou, S., Sullivan, S.C., Wang, R., Zhang, Y., & Guo, S. (2018). Large increase in global storm runoff extremes driven by climate and anthropogenic changes. Nature Communications 9. doi:10.1038/s41467-018-06765-2 Article published by Mike Gaworecki Adaptation To Climate Change, Climate, Climate Change, Climate Change And Extreme Weather, Environment, Extreme Weather, Flooding, Global Warming, Impact Of Climate Change, Research, Weather 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

Local Authorities Bill signals strong inconsistency, duplicitous nature of Govt (Pt 2)

first_imgDear Editor,The failure of the Coalition Government to allow the Local Government System to function properly is certainly hurting the Government. The Ministry of Communities is trying desperately to influence the Local Authorities and influence the staff politically. The staff at the Regional Democratic Councils and the NDCs are daily being coerced into doing the dirty work of the PNC. More serious is the fact that the staff are encouraged not to support the work programmes of the various councils.The hiring of staff to work in the Local Authority Areas is blatantly heavily influenced by the PNC arm of the APNU. Many of these staff do not have the necessary basic qualifications: no CXC English or Mathematics, and many Overseers cannot ‘string’ two sentences. The minutes of the meetings are not properly completed month after month because of the lack of capacity of the persons catapulted as Overseers. Budgets are often not sent on time to the Region because of the incompetent preparation and lack of ‘will’ to get the work done by the administrative staff.As for the Guyana Elections Commission’s readiness to hold Local Government Elections before the end of this year, that is highly questionable. Recently, the Chairman of GECOM said the elections body is ready for Local Government Elections, and that only the date needs to be announced. Well, maybe an overdose of senility is affecting not only the Chairman, but most of the Commission’s members and the entire Secretariat.How could the Guyana Elections Commission be ready for elections when it would be embarking on another round of continuous registration later in the month? Those transactions would have to be taken into account before an Official List of Electors is produced for the election. Importantly, lots of work have to be done after the next cycle concludes in three months’ time, after the commencement.New registrants and those attaining the age of 18 would have to be added to the list from the National Register of Registrants. Further, deletions would also have to be done based on upheld objections, and the list would have to be properly scrutinized before actually been put in use.Based on the statements, however, it seems that the Elections Commission would be pushing towards the elections with a list that would be less than a month old, which would not give enough time for proper scrutiny. Yet, moves are being made to amend the Election Laws (Amendment) Act 2000 to facilitate the implementation of continuous registration, so that there could be an electoral list which shall be in force and be routinely updated every six months. Before the considered amendment, the validity of the list was of three-month periods.Some analysts see the conduct of the Local Government Elections, due for later in this year, as a testing ground for the planned rigging of the 2020 General and Regional Elections. The voices of the people will speak again.Respectfully,Neil Kumar.last_img read more

Former Liverpool star hails Ramos, makes Van Dijk comparison

first_img Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January statement Van Dijk has won only five major honours throughout his career, while Ramos has claimed a remarkable 23 for club and country While speaking to Jim White, Murphy claimed the ‘perception of players is sometimes based on their personality rather than footballing ability’ – something he believes has affected Ramos’ reputation over the past decade.The former Liverpool midfielder said: “I don’t hear Ramos being talked about enough [considering] what he’s done in the game and how good a player he is.“To play at the top for as long as he has; 20 [sic] major honours, two European Championships with Spain, one World Cup, four Champions Leagues… he’s played in four World Cups by the way, four league titles.“He’s probably one of the most decorated footballers on the planet. What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas LATEST FOOTBALL HEADLINES Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ Murphy then brought up Rio Ferdinand who he said ‘could do it all’, but he did question if the former Manchester United man had won what Ramos has on the international stage.He then concluded his thoughts, suggesting there likely wouldn’t be many football fans ‘who wouldn’t have wanted [Ramos] in their teams over the last ten years.’ Danny Murphy has suggested fans do not appreciate how good Sergio Ramos is after the Real Madrid defender equalled Iker Casillas’ record 167 caps for the Spanish national team over the weekend.Speaking on talkSPORT, the former Liverpool midfielder claims Ramos’ 23 major honours, which include four European Cups, one World Cup, two European Championships and several domestic league titles, cannot be overlooked when debating who should be branded the world’s best defender. LIVE on talkSPORT latest on target BIG PRESENTS UP TOP England vs Kosovo (Tuesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORTDerby vs Cardiff (Friday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Liverpool vs Newcastle (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORTFulham vs West Brom (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Tottenham vs Crystal Palace (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Norwich vs Man City (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORTHuddersfield vs Sheffield Wednesday (Sunday, 12pm) – talkSPORT 2Barnsley vs Leeds (Sunday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship rookie error Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta 2 stalemate Sergio Ramos could become Spain’s most capped player of all time against Norway next month deals targets Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Check out all the live commentaries coming up across the talkSPORT network this week When Murphy asked ‘who’s better?’, Virgil van Dijk’s name was swiftly brought up by Jim, who replied ‘Van Dijk would like to be’.Murphy claims that while ‘you would choose Van Dijk now’, he makes it clear the Liverpool defender has enjoyed a much shorter spell at the pinnacle of the game – and has a much emptier trophy cabinet. AFP or licensors Getty 2 “Okay, [with Gerard] Pique, they’ve been fortunate that they’ve had each other to drive each other on and play together because they are two of the best. You know it’s a bit of a rivalry with those two; Messi and Ronaldo, and Pique and Ramos.“But I think when you’ve played nearly 700 games for Real Madrid, that says a hell of a lot about your personality and your discipline, and your talent. 89 goals as well for a defender, I’ve got to add that, 89 goals.“And don’t forget, some of them have been huge goals.” Liverpool transfer news live: Star man wanted by Real Madrid, Mbappe latest and more last_img read more

Marshfield gymnastics third at Rhinelander Snowflake Invitational

first_imgBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterRHINELANDER – The Marshfield gymnastics team finished third out of 10 teams at the Rhinelander Snowflake Invitational on Saturday.Freshman Emma Haugen placed second in the all-around and the vault, and fifth in the floor exercise, Megan Smith was second in the uneven bars, and Brooke McGrath took fourth in the vault for the Tigers.Earning sixth-place finishes for Marshfield were Isabelle Jensen in balance beam and the all-around, and Smith in the vault as the Tigers earned nine individual medals.Ashland won the team title with a score of 129.125, with Antigo second with 128.2 and Marshfield third at 123.75.Marshfield is off until next Saturday when it travels to the Tomah Invitational.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of Snowflake InvitationalDec. 12, at Rhinelander High SchoolTeam scores: 1. Ashland 129.125; 2. Antigo 128.2; 3. Marshfield 123.75; 4. Rhinelander 119.525; 5. Negaunee (Mich.) 112.225; 6. Lakeland 110.925; 7. Chequamegon 106.875; 8. Medford 106.8; 9. Escanaba (Mich.) 104.025; 10. Mosinee 99.325.Winners and Marshfield top-10 finishesAll-around: 1. Shelby Rust (ASH) 35.3; 2. Emma Haugen (MAR) 32.05; 6. Isabelle Jensen (MAR) 31.075; 9. Megan Smith (MAR) 30.75.Floor exercise: 1. Rust (ASH) 9.0; 5 (tie). Haugen (MAR) 8.1.Uneven bars: 1. Rust (ASH) 8.45; 4 (tie). Smith (MAR) 7.75; 6 (tie). Haugen (MAR) 7.5.Vault: 1. Rust (ASH) 9.2; 2. Haugen (MAR) 8.95; 4. Brooke McGrath (MAR) 8.7; 6. Smith (MAR) 8.65.Balance beam: 1. Rust (ASH) 8.65; 6. Jensen (MAR) 7.75; 9. Haugen (MAR) 7.5.last_img read more

Obama Nominates Dartmouth President to Head World Bank

first_img President Barack Obama this morning surprised many people with his nomination of Dartmouth College president and global health expert Jim Yong Kim to head the World Bank. “It’s time for a development professional to lead the world’s largest development agency,” said Obama in a speech at the White House’s Rose Garden. Kim, a physician and anthropologist who co-founded Partners in Health with Paul Farmer and later headed the HIV/AIDS program at the World Health Organization (WHO), spoke with Science 3 years ago about his decision to move from focusing on global health to the Dartmouth president’s office. At the time, Kim headed the François-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University, and was widely expected to take a job within the Obama Administration. Kim, who was born in South Korea, moved to the United States when he was 5 years old and grew up in Iowa. His work with Partners in Health included launching a pioneering program for treating multidrug resistant tuberculosis in Peru. At WHO, he led a program called “3×5” that pushed for the goal of having 3 million HIV-infected people on antiretroviral drugs by 2005. The project did not hit its target, but more than 6 million people now have access to those life-saving drugs. 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The United States traditionally has selected presidents for the bank, but there has been an increasing call for transparency, and Kim’s nomination does not guarantee him the job. Immediately after the Rose Garden ceremony, the White House issued a press release with quotes from supporters of Kim’s nomination. Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner said Kim was “exceptionally well qualified” for the new job as he was “an innovative leader whose groundbreaking work to fight disease and combat poverty has saved lives around the globe.” Former President Bill Clinton called Kim an “inspired and outstanding” choice, and Rwandan President Paul Kagame said he was “delighted” by the nomination. Below are excerpts from Science’s 20 March 2009 interview with Kim, who discussed his decision to take the Dartmouth job rather than pursue the possibility of working in the Obama Administration: Q: A lot of people expected that you’d go work for the Obama Administration. Why didn’t you? Were you offered anything? Did you want that? Is that what you expected would happen? J.Y.K.: There were a lot of conversations. I can’t talk about any details because nothing ultimately happened. It goes back to the same issue: Do I continue to throw my own body at a particular problem and take these problems on directly myself or do I go in a little bit of a different direction and take a really major, and in this case, interestingly, historic leadership position and try to train the next generation? At the end of the day, I’m going to have to travel as president of Dartmouth, but they’re hiring me to spend a lot of time on campus, influencing teaching and people. Whereas if I were to take on a job like working in the Obama Administration in global health, it would have been extremely difficult, probably more than 50%, probably closer 70% to 80% of your time on the road with a travel schedule that wouldn’t be under your control. And I’ve done that, reacting to all the different political problems that come up. It would have been an unbelievable honor and the most exciting, wonderful thing-it would have been working for both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. Frankly, in my view, it doesn’t get much better than that. But the question for us as a family, we have got a new baby, do I continue to throw my body at a problem, on the road 70% to 80% of the time, dealing with political crisis after political crisis, or take on this leadership position? The say the joke is that Woodrow Wilson left Princeton and went to the U.S government to get away from politics. I don’t think that’s the case. The politics in a university versus the politics in WHO are totally different. I found that the politics at a university are more influenced by rational discourse than politics in global health, especially in a major bureaucracy. A lot of people say, ‘Well, why did you do that, you shouldn’t have done that, you’re not going to have an impact on global health.’ I’m not sure about that. I’ve said to quite a few people who’ve said, ‘Jim, you’re not going to have the impact,” I’ve said to them, alright, let’s make a bet. Let’s look 10 years down the line and let’s see what kind of impact I’ve had from Dartmouth on global health issues. … Q: Were you facing two offers, one from the Obama Administration and one from Dartmouth? J.Y.K.: I can’t tell you that. Let me put it this way: I had to make a lot of really, really tough choices. For me the great excitement I feel around the Dartmouth job is while there’s no question that I’m president of Dartmouth first and foremost, Dartmouth has a long history of having presidents engaged in problems of the world. Jim Yong Kim WHO/P.Virot, Courtesy of Dartmouth College last_img read more

Pakistan T20 Super League cricket in Doha next year

first_imgThe Pakistan Cricket Board says it will organize the inaugural Twenty20 Pakistan Super League in Doha, Qatar, next year.Five teams will compete in 24 T20 matches from Feb. 4-24 for a total prize pot of $1 million (880,000 euros). The PCB says 40 foreign players from all Test playing countries, except India, have agreed to play.Also read: Hopeful of Indo-Pak series in December, says Pak Cricket Board Chairman of the PSL governing council Najam Sethi said Wednesday that top foreign coaches will lead teams in the first edition of the event.Sethi says that rights for broadcast, sponsorship and franchise ownership will be sold over the next three months. The tournament will be formally launched in Lahore in late September.last_img

Amnesty: don’t let Azerbaijan hide human rights abuses behind football

first_imgnews Share on Twitter Read more Share on Facebook According to Azerbaijani human rights defenders, more than 150 people are in prison in the country on politically motivated charges, while mass arrests are used to silence the media and crack down on non-governmental organisations. The country, which has been run by the president, Ilham Aliyev, since 2003, is ranked 166th on the Reporters Without Borders’ World Press Freedom Index, the lowest ranking in Europe.So far, however, most of the criticism of Uefa’s choice of Baku for the final has focused on how difficult and expensive it is for Arsenal and Chelsea fans to get there, as well as the large proportion of tickets that have been allocated to local fans and sponsors.Uefa has pointed out it has an obligation to grow the game throughout the continent and there was no way of knowing that two London-based sides would reach the final when the decision was made in 2017. It has also said the ticket allocation was based on how many travelling fans it believed Baku’s airport could handle. The Azerbaijan Football Association has said it regrets Mkhitaryan’s “unwarranted” decision to stay away. Share on Messenger Amnesty International Amnesty International has increased the pressure on European football’s governing body, Uefa, by saying Azerbaijan must not be allowed to “sportswash its appalling human rights record” by staging high-profile football matches.Baku’s Olympic Stadium is hosting the Europa League final between Arsenal and Chelsea next Wednesday and is also the venue for four games in next year’s European Championship. Twitter: follow us at @guardian_sportFacebook: like our football and sport pagesInstagram: our favourite photos, films and storiesYouTube: subscribe to our football and sport channels Share on LinkedIn Was this helpful? Paul MacInnes Show Europa Leaguecenter_img Quick guide Follow Guardian sport on social media Thank you for your feedback. Baku farce is a reminder football should use its influence for the better Share on Pinterest Share via Email Azerbaijan Hide Topics Share on WhatsApp But the decision to stage the Europa League showpiece in the former Soviet republic has been strongly criticised by fans and human rights groups and, on Tuesday, the Arsenal midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan said he would not travel to the game amid fears for his safety in a country that is locked in a simmering conflict with his native Armenia over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region.“We must ensure that Azerbaijan isn’t allowed to sportswash its appalling human rights record as a result of the football fanfare,” Amnesty International’s UK director, Kate Allen, said. “Azerbaijan is in the grip of a sinister human rights crackdown, with journalists, bloggers and human rights defenders being ruthlessly targeted. Unfair trials and smear campaigns remain commonplace.“LGBTI people have been arrested, and even people fleeing the country have been harassed and pressured to return. Fans, players and backroom staff can help prevent Azerbaijan’s likely attempt to sportswash its image by informing themselves about the human rights situation behind the glitzy facade of Wednesday’s match.“All too often, governments are using high-profile sporting competitions to distract attention from repressive policies and human rights violations, to instead project an image of openness. This couldn’t be further from the truth with the current administration, and the Arsenal-Chelsea clash is just the latest reminder of this.” Photograph: Chesnot/Getty Images Europe Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Yaya Toure confirms Celtic talks

first_imgYaya Toure has confirmed interest from Scottish Premiership leaders Celtic, though he says he must speak with Brendan Rodgers before any decision is made.The midfielder completed an eight-year spell with Manchester City last summer, leaving the club at the end of the season.Toure won three Premier League titles, three League Cups, an FA Cup and a Community Shield as a player on the blue side of Manchester. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? His next stop was a short one, as Toure rejoined Olympiakos, the team he had spent the 2005-06 season with. Despite only signing in September, Toure’s contract was terminated three months later via mutual consent.Reports have linked him with a move to Celtic, who are tied with Rangers atop the Scottish Premiership in points, where his brother Kolo is an assistant under Rodgers.And speaking on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football, Toure admitted there is interest from the Scottish club, but will require further discussions with the manager before any agreement is reached.“Celtic are a great team, but I will speak to Brendan Rodgers there and we will see what happens,” Toure said.Manchester City remain competitive on all fronts this season, and the quadruple, winning in the Premier League, Champions League, Carabao Cup and FA Cup, still remains a possibility.Going hard in all four of the competitions could end up being a detriment for City as they not only aim to secure Champions League glory for the first time, but also overtake Liverpool in the Premier League.But Toure believes Pep Guardiola is intent on not sacrificing any competition, and hopes to win them all.“I think now the big question is if City are going to go for the Premier League or the Champions League or the League Cup or the FA Cup?” Toure said. “I don’t think so, I think he’s going to go for all of them.“I think the Champions League is the big, big one. To be honest, the cups – the League Cup and the FA Cup – can become a distraction.“Why? Because the Champions League and the Premier League is the big, big target for Man City.”Asked about whether it was a different situation in Spain with the top clubs there compared to England, Toure said he thinks it is, noting how difficult the English top flight is.“Yes, to be honest it is different,” Toure said. “Different, different, different type of football.“The Premier League is one of the top leagues in the world. In Spain, these teams – Real Madrid and Barcelona – have been recently winning Champions League but the Premier League is the competition. The physicality is so, so high.“And I hope he will do it. It’ll be good for the fans and good for the football club.”Let’s believe it. I know it’s not going to be easy but I hope City will try to do it.”last_img read more

The Alabama-Clemson National Title Game Field Has Been Revealed

first_imgHead coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide talks with head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers after the Tigers defeated the Crimson Tide 35-31 in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game.TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 09: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide talks with head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers after the Tigers defeated the Crimson Tide 35-31 in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)There have been some questions about the playing field at Levi’s Stadium leading up to the College Football Playoff national title game.The stadium has had some playing surface issues in the past and there was a decent amount of rain in the area heading into game day.A new field has been installed at the stadium, though, and it appears to be in good shape.Clemson’s football program tweeted out a photo of the field this afternoon.It’s looking solid.“The stage is set,” Clemson tweeted.The stage is set.#NationalChampionship | #ALLIN— Clemson Football (@ClemsonFB) January 7, 2019Alabama and Clemson are set to play at 8 p.m. E.T.The game will be televised on ESPN.Who are you picking?last_img read more

Chester Precautionary Boil Water Advisory Lifted

first_imgA precautionary boil water advisory issued for parts of Chester has now been lifted. The Department of Environment issued the advisory on Feb. 3 after bacteria was found through testing of a dug well on Pleasant Street. The issue was the result of a break in a privately owned sewer line that has since been repaired. Private well owners are responsible for ensuring that their wells are constructed to provincial standards and the water is safe to drink. Wells should be tested for bacteria every six months. Learn more at: -30-last_img