SKY-GAZERS LEFT IN DARK AFTER NORTHERN LIGHTS NO-SHOW

first_imgThe Northern Lights captured by Rory Adam Porter.Sky-gazers were left disappointed after traveling from across Ireland to see the spectacular Northern Lights above Donegal at the weekend.An alert was put out that the aurora borealis or Northern Lights would be visible in the skies over Donegal and the North-West.The amazing dancing lights, normally only seen around the Arctic Circle, were expected to move further south between Thursday and Saturday. NASA and Astronomy Ireland were among groups and organisations who alerted the pubic to the natural phenomenon.Hundreds of people travelled from across Ireland including Dublin and Roscommon to catch a glimpse of the lights.But they were left hugely disappointed when the lights failed to materialise.The lights went dim when ejections from the sun slowed down and the earth’s magnetic field pulled all the light Northwards back towards the Arctic Circle. One disappointed light-hunter travelling around Malin Head in Co Donegal tweeted “The only lights I can see are the headlights of other cars looking for the Northern Lights.”Veteran Northern Lights gazer and photographer Adam Rory Porter said he met lots of people in Donegal who were extremely disappointed.“It is not an exact science and even people in NASA were quite confident of a good lights display in more southern skies.“I met a lot of people who had traveled from down south hoping to sees the lights but it was just not meant to be.“I felt so guilty because I had been reading these forecasts from NASA and it looked like there was a good chance of seeing the lights but the ejections from the sun just slowed down. “The reality is that if you want to be almost guaranteed to see the Northern Lights then you have to travel to Iceland or Norway and that’s quite expensive.“It took me five or six warnings to see the lights myself but it was certainly worth waiting for,” he said.The aurora borealis occurs when highly charged electrons from the solar wind interact with elements in the Earth’s atmosphere leaving amazing light shows of various colours.SKY-GAZERS LEFT IN DARK AFTER NORTHERN LIGHTS NO-SHOW was last modified: January 13th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:adam rory porterdonegalNASAnorthern lightslast_img read more

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Molester found guilty of third strike

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! GLENDORA – A jury Wednesday found Michael Stewart Mullicane guilty of lewd conduct with a 10-year-old girl at his Glendora home this summer. As the verdict of a five-woman, seven-man Pomona Superior Court jury was read, Mullicane’s face flushed. Deputy District Attorney Jennifer McDonald said Mullicane faces 135 years to life in prison based on his history. His attorney, Stuart A. Holmes of Claremont, called the verdict, which came after five hours of jury deliberation, disappointing. The 48-year-old will be sentenced Jan. 24 by Judge Robert Martinez. Mullicane was accused by the Ontario girl whose mother he dated a few times. The couple met through a telephone dating service. “I’m relieved it’s over and he’s not coming out of jail,” the mother said. Mullicane has been incarcerated since his July 25 arrest. Mullicane invited the girl, her mother and her brother to his home in June for a swim and barbecue while his parents were on a trip to Northern California. After swimming, Mullicane told the girl to take a bubble bath. When she couldn’t turn off the water she called her mother for help, but Mullicane came into the room first. The girl testified Mullicane touched her inappropriately and told her to keep it a secret. When Glendora police detectives initially interviewed Mullicane he told them he didn’t have any contact with the woman’s children. Later, his story changed, and he said he had washed her hair. The jury heard four days of testimony, including nearly four hours from the now fifth-grader who said Mullicane touched her in a bad way and it made her feel “weird.” Mullicane, a father of three, was convicted in 1977 of molesting two girls in a pool and again in 1983 for molesting boys ages 7 to 13 at his Rowland Heights home when he was their Little League coach in El Monte. Five victims testified Monday about what happened to them then. Mullicane returned to his hometown of Glendora in August 2003, when he was on federal probation for distributing child pornography via the Internet. His arrival was met with protest from community members. Police patrolled his neighborhood, which is within walking distance of Glendora High School. The city’s attorney tried to have him removed because two victims lived within a 35-mile radius, but a judge rejected the request. Neighbors of Mullicane’s parents’ home since the mid 1970s said they were pleased Mullicane was found guilty. Brenda Gonzalez bought her home across the street in October before discovering Mullicane’s history. “It’s a great relief. I have four kids and one of them is 12,” Gonzalez said. marianne.love@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2108last_img read more

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COLM MCFADDEN A MAJOR DOUBT FOR DONEGAL SFC QUARTER-FINAL AFTER SUSTAINING ANKLE INJURY

first_imgGAA: Colm McFadden is a major doubt for St Michael’s Donegal SFC quarter-final with Malin on Sunday. McFadden sustained an ankle injury during Eddie Harkin’s side win over Dungloe in the All-County League clash on Sunday.McFadden was superb in their last Donegal SFC outing against Glenfin and scored 1-3 in a brilliant display. McFadden enjoyed a good season for Donegal this term and it was probably his best year since the All-Ireland win in 2012.McFadden revelled in a deeper role than his usual played for Donegal and produced some excellent performances.St Michael’s will be hoping he can regain full fitness ahead of their clash against Malin at O’Donnell Park on Sunday.Malin are buoyant after their sensational away win over Gaoth Dobhair last weekend. Liam Bradley’s men pulled off a shock in Magheragallon and will be relishing the prospect of facing off against St Michael’s this weekend.Malin stunned St Eunan’s at the quarter-final juncture in 2013 and they’ll be hoping they can pull off another shock.COLM MCFADDEN A MAJOR DOUBT FOR DONEGAL SFC QUARTER-FINAL AFTER SUSTAINING ANKLE INJURY was last modified: September 7th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:newsSportlast_img read more

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ODNR continues plan to monitor deer for Chronic Wasting Disease

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Portions of Holmes and Wayne counties will retain their designation as Disease Surveillance Area (DSA) 2015-01 again this year as part of the state’s ongoing Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) surveillance efforts, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). This designation requires that additional rules be followed by deer hunters in this area.Since October 2014, 19 captive white-tailed deer have tested positive for CWD at a shooting preserve and a breeding facility in Holmes County. Since that time, ODNR Division of Wildlife staff have tested hundreds of wild deer with the cooperation of hunters and local landowners. CWD has not been detected in the nearly 1,000 wild deer tested from DSA 2015-01.The DSA includes the areas within a 6-mile radius from the CWD positive samples in Holmes County and includes: all of Franklin and Clinton townships in Wayne County, and Ripley, Prairie, Salt Creek, Monroe, Hardy, Berlin, Killbuck and Mechanic townships in Holmes. In addition, the northeast portion of Richland Township (defined by the boundary of Township Road 36 to State Route 520 to Township Road 31 to U.S. Route 62) in Holmes County falls within DSA 2015-01. This DSA designation will remain in effect at least through the 2017 deer season. The area will be mapped and posted on the division’s website at wildohio.gov.The following regulations apply within the DSA:Requires hunters to bring deer harvested within the DSA to an ODNR Division of Wildlife inspection station for CWD testing during the seven-day gun, two-day gun and muzzleloader seasons. Inspection stations will NOT be operated during the two-day youth season;Prohibits the placement of or use of salt, mineral supplement, grain, fruit, vegetables or other feed to attract or feed deer within the DSA boundaries;Prohibits hunting of deer by the aid of salt, mineral supplement, grain, fruit, vegetables or other feed within the DSA boundaries; andProhibits the removal of a deer carcass killed by a motor vehicle within the DSA boundaries unless the carcass complies with deer carcass regulations. Additional information on carcass regulations can be found at wildohio.gov.Normal agricultural activities including feeding of domestic animals as well as hunting deer over food plots, naturally occurring or cultivated plants and agriculture crops are not prohibited.Hunters harvesting deer within the DSA are required to bring their deer to a carcass inspection station for disease testing. Two locations have been designated as Carcass Inspection Stations for the seven-day gun, two-day gun and muzzleloader seasons. Both locations will be open and staffed from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The dates for these seasons are: Nov. 28-Dec. 4, Dec. 17-18 and Jan. 7-10.Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) garage, 1800 South Washington Street, Millersburg, 44654Industrial Park, 8254 County Road 245, Holmesville, 44633Hunters, including landowners, will be asked to provide their confirmation number from the game check process as well as the location where the deer was killed (property address or nearest road intersection). Tissue samples and biological data will be collected. The process should take no more than 10 minutes, however, delays are likely at lunch and immediately after dark. Hunters are strongly encouraged to complete the game check process before bringing their deer to the inspection station. However, division staff will be able to assist with checking deer.Hunters who harvest a deer and wish to have it mounted or caped are required to bring their deer to a carcass inspection station. Samples will not be taken, however, arrangements will be made to collect tissue at a later date.last_img read more

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Hard work required for goal of old growth forests in Central Ohio

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest It has been said many times that prior to European settlement the trees were so thick and plentiful in the dense forests that a squirrel could cross what would become the State of Ohio without ever touching the ground. Anyone who has spent time in the woods can only dream of such a forest today with massive trees, plentiful wetlands and a vast array of flora and fauna.David Hague, with a childhood spent travelling some of the nation’s beautiful national parks, dreamed of what it would be like to stand amid that endless forest. His dreams of days spent among trees, however, were put on hold for many years as he thrived as a businessman in the water softener business in central Ohio where he enjoyed a successful career. Though his busy years of his career mostly kept him away from the natural Ohio he dreamed of, his success put him in a financial position to fulfill his unique vision: at least 500 years of old growth virgin forest in central Ohio.“We have decided to take marginal agricultural land and return it to as much of a pre-European state as we can. There are lots of bad invasive plants out there for us to kill but there are lots of interesting things to discover too. That’s what we are doing,” Hague said. “There are over 44,000 square miles in Ohio and 42,000 of that was virgin forest. Now there are just a few square miles of old growth forest left in the state. This land has been so abused and I want to return at least a small portion of it it to its native state. Every farm has areas that do not produce well or are too expensive to cultivate and these are the areas that we focus on.”In this effort, Hague has purchased about 850 acres of woodlots and farmland on the south side of rapidly sprawling Pickerington in Fairfield County. Of that, he plans to have 300 acres in a perpetual forest plan and leave the rest in farmland. The plan is to plant a total of 4,000 native tree species (heavy on oaks, maples, sycamore, and hackberry) that are four to six feet tall, an effort that is about half done. He has also moved roughly 5,000 cubic yards of soil to create around 20 wetlands and vernal pools on the property. He has done numerous prairie plantings and extensive removal of invasive species as well, all according to what the land was in its pre-settlement state.“I’ve got the land intact now to make it look and feel like it did 250 years ago — to get it back to what we lost,” Hague said. “I bought the land and it is here and that allows other people to contribute to this effort too. I could sell this and develop it and move to Wyoming, but there is too much work to do here. Ohio is so rich in diversity.”Hague has invested a large amount of his own money but also worked with the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) Ohio River Basin Water Quality Trading Project. EPRI conducts research and development relating to the generation, delivery and use of electricity for the benefit of the public. The project in the Ohio River Basin got its start after EPRI began investigating the potential of water quality trading as an alternate means for power facilities to meet compliance goals with nutrient discharge limits, particularly for nitrogen. Today the program combines public and private funding sources to help implement various conservation practices in the Ohio River Basin, including the use of cover crops, nutrient management techniques and, in the case of Hague’s efforts, reforestation.As the trees grow and the wetlands fill up with water, Hague is already noticing changes in the environment. “The sounds are different now. You hear more variety. Even if you don’t know what that bird is or that insect is, you just notice a change in the sound. And once you hear and see some results and the changes of things around you, it all becomes worth it,” he said. “It makes me concerned about every bit of life out here. There is life everywhere that we just don’t know about. There are things out here I don’t know about and I just need to stop and listen and look.”While Hague has noticed the changes in the fields and forests, when that much land changes ownership, the local human population takes notice as well.“The farming community, since we are targeting the areas that aren’t particularly productive, they have been supportive and have been happy to assist. Politically, the mayor and trustees from Pickerington favor having open green space,” Hague said. The farmers who were farming the ground continue to rent the land from Hague and longtime hunters continue to hunt on the property because of the significant damage the high deer population can do to the tree plantings and native plant species.“When I bought the property there were hunters paying to hunt here. The first thing I did was to ask them here and tell that that they did not have to pay to hunt here any more but that I did want their help watching the property and removing invasive species. I insist on no shooting of does that have fawns,” Hague said. “I was prejudiced about hunters at first but every one I’ve worked with has been reliable and helpful. It has been a great relationship. They help remove invasive species and the hunters wereSpotted salamanders fill up the top container and the Jefferson and Small-mouth salamanders are on the bottom at Hague’s farm.even the first ones to find hard-to-find tiger salamanders on the property.”While the work on the land is endless, keeping the forestland protected for 500 years may prove even more daunting. Hague has worked closely with local government officials, Fairfield Soil and Water Conservation District and the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service, among others to lay the groundwork for the plan. Tax wise, preservation of the productive farm ground is an essential component.“The goal is that 500 years from now this is all intact, but it has required a great deal of legal work because it is not a terribly common event for someone to plan out for that long,” Hague said. “What will the political entities be? What will the country, or countries, be in 500 years? We’ve had to think about all of those kinds of things to come up with a legal structure for this to continue on.”In the meantime, Hague is truly enjoying the process of reverting the land back to its native state and the results, as they appear.“Just to see a critter out doing its natural thing unobstructed and in its natural environment is very fulfilling. I think now that we have this property, we might as well make the effort to restore what we can,” Hague said. “We may be the top species but that doesn’t give us license to take away others’ existence. Ohio is a great place to live for people but it is also a great place to live for critters too, and many of these need old growth forest to survive so we thought maybe we could do something to help make that happen.”last_img read more

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Real Madrid C.F. travel to relegated Granada in bid for first title in five years

first_imgReal Madrid C.F. are aiming to remain in pole position for a first La Liga title in five years when they travel to relegated Granada on Saturday night.Fresh from their 3-0 Champions League semi-final first leg victory over Atletico, the Merengues will be confident of keeping pace with Barcelona at the top of the table.Zinedine Zidane’s outfit sit second, level on 81 points with the Catalans but with an inferior head-to-head record. However, have played a game fewer than their rivals.They will be without the injured Dani Carvajal, who picked up a hamstring problem in midweek, in addition to Gareth Bale and Pepe for the trip to Andalusia.Tony Adams’ side, meanwhile, have nothing but pride to play for, after they were condemned to the Segunda last week. Forward Adrian Ramos insists the players will look to put in a performance for their long-suffering fans.”We have a commitment to Granada and we should be professional for the supporters. It’s very hard after being relegated, but we need to stay professional and show determination, trying to give the fans something to cheer about in what’s left of the season,” Ramos said.”We know they’re one of the best clubs in the world, with a great squad and players that can make a difference. We just need to try and do our jobs.”Immediately before that game, Barcelona will host fifth-placed Villarreal at Camp Nou, in a match both sides need to win.Barca, who welcome back captain Andres Iniesta from a thigh injury, required a last-minute Lionel Messi free kick to salvage a draw when the sides met earlier this season at the Estadio de la Ceramica. They know they must win if they are to stand a chance of overhauling Real in the run in.advertisementThe Yellow Submarine have won five of their last six, including an away victory over Atletico Madrid, as they make a late bid for the fourth and final Champions League berth with Sevilla stumbling.Villarreal sit five points behind Jorge Sampaoli’s men with just three games to go. But with Sevilla hosting Europa League-chasing Real Sociedad on Friday there is a chance to cut the gap down even further.Elsewhere on Saturday, third-bottom Sporting Gijon host Las Palmas knowing a defeat could see them relegated. Kings Cup finalist Alaves face Athletic Bilbao in a Basque derby on Sunday.last_img read more

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The Premiership’s injury price tag is mounting and attitudes need to change

first_img Gloucester’s Matt Scott grimaces with pain after suffering a knee injury. Photograph: Phil Hutchinson/Action Plus via Getty Images Twitter Share on Pinterest Read more Since you’re here… The authorities are playing catch-up. How on earth is it ethically possible for a player to be knocked cold late in a game without his coach being able to replace him, as has now happened to Bath and Gloucester on successive Friday nights? With a permanent head-related removal being, well, permanent, the regulations do not permit a temporary sub. Some argue it is the fault of coaches for deploying their subs too early and that the same dispensation is unavailable if a player breaks a leg. To which the answer is blindingly obvious: we have only one brain and, for that reason, head injuries should be classified differently.Frankly it is a loophole which should be closed immediately – or, at the very latest, by the end of the week. Whatever the official statistics insist, players are absorbing greater impacts more often than at any stage in the game’s history. George Ford is being applauded for making 29 tackles in the past two weekends but even that stat tells a darker story. Once upon a time, creative fly-halves made approximately one tackle per season, mostly on fellow backs. Now Uncle Tom Cobley et al are stamping down the 10 channel as a matter of course, to the point where Rollerball and professional rugby are becoming indistinguishable. Risk and reward have never been so wincingly intertwined. It is approaching 40 years, remarkably, since two tone music was in vogue and The Specials were topping the charts with Too Much Too Young. The lyrics related to teenage motherhood not professional club rugby, which did not yet exist, but they still sprang to mind over the weekend. Too much pain, too many rugby players going off prematurely, too many contenders for an arthritic (or worse) old age.You can tell things are in danger of getting out of hand when several clubs turn up for round four of the Premiership season with a third of their squads already sidelined. Wasps have been heavily hit, the table-topping Exeter Chiefs even more so. Worcester Warriors are a casualty ward dressed up as a professional sporting team. In the Harlequins v Leicester game the England flanker Chris Robshaw was knocked out, there were two further failed head injury assessments and his colleagues Mike Brown and Marcus Smith also limped into England’s training camp in Oxford. It is not yet October. Premiership Share on WhatsApp Rugby union Share via Email Pinterest Harlequins’ Demetri Catrakilis is carried off against Gloucester. Photograph: Steve Bardens/Getty Images for Harlequins World Rugby rejects ‘alarmist’ call for tackling and scrum ban in school sport Concussion in sport Facebook features Facebook Corridor of uncertaintyThe Rugby Football Union’s new chief executive, Steve Brown, is getting his feet under the committee room table at an interesting time in rugby’s history. Never has there been a more obvious need for English rugby to think beyond its own nose, for the greater good, if the game is to continue to prosper everywhere, not just among the unions with the most buoyant balance sheets. The latest doomed idea to rejig the Six Nations fixture list by giving England and France alternative dates from everyone else understandably united every single one of their neighbours in opposition. Brown’s objective must be to build bridges, not dynamite them.One to watch this weekendLet’s just say the Rugby Championship needs an eye-catching performance from a team other than the one wearing black. South Africa v Australia in Bloemfontein and Argentina v New Zealand in Buenos Aires will also be closely monitored in the northern hemisphere; a brace of rousing home wins would certainly inject fresh interest into the upcoming internationals in Europe in November. Support The Guardian Topics Reuse this content The early-season attrition rate certainly suggests the game has a way to go in terms of safeguarding its leading participants. Ben Youngs’s first-hand testimony this week was merely the latest warning klaxon. The heavy-duty clear-outs at multiplying breakdowns, the artificial surfaces upon which joints can be cruelly twisted, the aerial lunacy of players being coached to jump towards opponents, the sheer volume of fitter, faster, more dynamic bodies … the game is undoubtedly better to watch but the price tag is mounting. Simmonds’s mistake on Sunday was to get his head on the wrong side in tackling Hughes. In his defence, with huge players changing direction at blinding pace, the “right” side can become the “wrong” one in an instant.None of this is reported with any hint of pleasure, more the personal sorrow of knowing precisely how it feels to be a rugby player with a long-term injury. Dislocated shoulders, broken ankles, cracked wrists, ruptured knee ligaments, the resultant self-doubt … eventually it was not the actual injuries that ground down this rugby-obsessed teenager but the dispiriting prospect of yet another bout of extended rehab. Never in a million years did those of us forced to retire at 19 because our bodies could take no more ever imagine we might be the lucky ones. Madness, they call it madness. Twitter … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Facebook Charles Piutau: ‘I felt invincible as an All Black … but it’s such a short career’ Read more Share on LinkedIn Tapping up the depressing news of Billy Vunipola’s latest long-term knee injury – whilst looking up from the keyboard to watch the Chiefs’ Sam Simmonds being carried off on a stretcher – was another grim sign of the times. Happily the young flanker was back up on his feet after the game but the justified praise Nathan Hughes received for tending to his stricken opponent masked a less comfortable reality. We are so used to prone bodies being carted off, the use of emergency oxygen masks and the inevitable months of post-surgery rehabilitation that the bleeding obvious is being overlooked: we are talking about a sport here, not a serious road traffic accident.These attitudes are suddenly so normalised at the top level of the game that Danny Cipriani recently tweeted of his good fortune at “only” being sidelined for two months by his knee ligament injury. How many other sports in the world share that philosophical mindset? Imagine if most professional authors or musicians were suddenly unable to use their fingers for eight to 10 weeks of the year. Or, as with the prematurely retired George Lowe and Will Fraser, were permanently chopped down in their prime. At Worcester, post-match casualty lists have become such a grim litany the club even issued a directive this season (since rescinded) forbidding reporters from asking injury-related questions at press conferences.We have not even mentioned the dreaded acronymn CTE, which stands for chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative brain disease which now features as regularly in American gridiron reporting as the word touchdown. All involved in a contact sport like rugby have to realise a head knock is not some kind of minor graze but something to be treated with the utmost seriousness. Club officials need to be urged to “recognise and remove” and not be tempted, in a tight situation, to turn a blind eye should a player take a glancing hit and fleetingly lose consciousness. Pinterest Share on Messenger Share on Twitterlast_img read more

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Pellegrini accuses Man City of tactical fouls

first_imgManuel Pellegrini accused Manchester City of tactical fouls in the Premier League champions’ 5-0 thrashing of West Ham on Saturday.Pep Guardiola’s side started their title defence with an emphatic victory at London Stadium courtesy of goals from Gabriel Jesus, Sergio Aguero and a Raheem Sterling hat-trick.Hammers manager Pellegrini felt his players were too “innocent”, especially in the first half, as they conceded too many simple free-kicks when in promising positions. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? “Every time we tried to arrive in their box they committed fouls. We were innocent in that regard,” he said.”If you review the game, that is why we didn’t create too many chances in the first half. All our offensive moments of attacking ended in a foul. You can look at the statistics. They committed 13 fouls, we committed five. But that wasn’t the reason why we lost.”According to Opta data, West Ham conceded six free-kicks to City’s 13, but the visitors led 8-1 in terms of fouls committed by half-time.Kyle Walker and Sterling were the only City players booked, with Mike Dean handing out those cautions in the 87th minute and three minutes into second-half stoppage time.It is not the first time City have been accused of such a tactic. Last November, former Manchester United captain Gary Neville said Fernandinho in particular was happy to foul to stop counter-attacks, prompting Guardiola to respond: “Never have my teams been focused on doing something wrong against the opponents.”Guardiola was riled again in April when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer suggested City would be happy to give away free-kicks to halt United in their tracks in the derby. “I never prepare a game in 10 seasons as a manager thinking about this kind of thing. Never,” he said.Pellegrini felt City’s approach to stopping West Ham attacks was one of the main differences in a balanced first half, but he insisted he did not think it the only reason for his side’s humbling defeat.When asked if he might encourage his players to adopt the same tactic, he said: “We must be more intelligent though to know when to make [fouls], not use it as a system.”If you review the game, we didn’t create too many chances because many of our attacking chances were stopped by a foul.”But I repeat, I don’t think that is just the reason we lost 5-0.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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Paris hits new heat record London boils in Europe heat wave

first_imgParis: Hot, hotter, hottest! Paris, London and places across Europe are sweltering under all-time high temperatures or near-record heat Thursday as the second heat wave this summer bakes the continent. Climate scientists warn this could become the new normal in many parts of the world. But temperate Europe where air conditioning is rare isn’t equipped for the temperatures frying the region this week. So tourists frolicked in fountains to seek relief, and authorities and volunteers fanned out to help the elderly, sick and homeless hit hardest by the heat. Trains were canceled in Britain and France, and French authorities urged travelers to stay home. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USOne by one, heat records are being broken across Europe. On Thursday afternoon the Paris area hit 40.6 C (105.1 F,) beating the previous record of 40.4 C (104.8 F) in 1947. Authorities said the temperature was still rising, as a result of hot, dry air coming from northern Africa that’s trapped between cold stormy systems. London expects to see 39 C (102 F). And swaths of Germany, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and Switzerland could face temperatures exceeding 40 C (104 F). Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsIn Belgium, the meteorological institute said the nation saw temperatures rise past the 40 C mark for the first time since records were kept in 1833. The new all-time high now stood at 40.2 C (104.4 F), recorded close to Liege in eastern Belgium’s Angleur on Wednesday. Germany recorded 40.5 degrees (104.9 F) Wednesday, and the German Weather Service is expecting even higher temperatures Thursday. In Austria, a 2-year-old died of dehydration in the country’s Styria region after he climbed into an overheated parked car without his family noticing and fell asleep in it. The Austrian news agency APA reported Thursday that the boy, who climbed into a car parked at the family’s farm on Monday, died at a children’s hospital on Wednesday. In the Netherlands, a government health institute warned of high levels of smog due to ozone in the air in parts of the country. The National Institute for Public Health and the Environment issued a “smog alarm” Thursday for regions including the densely populated cities of Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague. The institute said air quality in the some regions will be “extremely bad” because light winds mean that pollution is not being blown away and sunlight transforms it into ozone. The smog can cause irritation of the eyes, nose and throat, and leave people coughing and short of breath. Across Germany, Switzerland and Austria, some communities painted rail tracks in white hoping the light color would bring down the temperature by a few degrees. In Heiligendamm on the Baltic Sea in eastern Germany, train services were canceled temporarily during last month’s heat wave after the tracks were deformed by the heat. Across London and Paris, authorities and charity workers handed out water and sunscreen to homeless people and opened day centers for them to rest and shower. “They are in the street all day, under the sun. No air conditioning, no way to protect oneself from the heat, so for some it’s really quite complicated,” said Ruggero Gatti, an IT worker joining other Red Cross volunteers handing out water bottles, soup and yogurt to the homeless in the Paris suburb of Boulogne. Tourists clustered around fountains and canals. “It’s too hot. In Brazil, where I live, we have the beach but here, since there is no beach, we can enjoy this fountain,” said Ederson Lista-Vajes, a Brazilian tourist playing with spurts of water at Trocadero plaza across from the Eiffel Tower in Paris. France is particularly wary after a 2003 heat wave killed nearly 15,000 people, especially the elderly. Since then the government has introduced a color-coded heat alert system to warn people when temperatures are expected to rise to dangerous levels in their area and trigger government assistance efforts. The alert system went to its maximum level of red for the first time during last month’s heat wave , when France saw its highest-ever recorded temperature of 46 degrees. On Thursday, about one-fifth of French territory was under a red alert, stretching from the English Channel through the Paris region and down to Burgundy. The national rail authority and Paris public transit system urged passengers to avoid travel Thursday. Messages to “Hydrate yourselves!” came from the radio, television and public message boards. French Health Minister Agnez Buzyn said that temperatures on Thursday are expected to be 2 degrees higher than in 2003. Some 20 million French are expected to be hit by the heatwave, she said. Summers are usually mild in much of Europe and few homes have air conditioning. It’s not that common in hospitals, stores or restaurants either. Electric fans are selling fast around Paris and traditional folding fans seem to be making a comeback, waved by many on the stuffy subway. In Bavaria’s prisons, inmates were getting cold cucumber soup, fruit and yoghurt for lunch and more water than normal, the German news agency dpa reported.last_img read more

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