By Iacovos ConstantinouThe Cyprus football championship began this weekend with the main title contenders, APOEL, AEK, Apollon and Omonia, recording their first wins against Ermis, Paphos, Aris and Nea Salamina respectively.Anorthosis defeated AEL while Ethnikos Achnas shared the spoils with Doxa.APOEL ended the game as a contest in the first half hour as they raced into a four-goal lead. It was a welcome win for APOEL’s coach Domingos Paciencia who has come under a lot of criticism in recent weeks for his team’s disappointing displays.“It was not an easy game. We worked hard right from the start and we made it look easy by the way we played,” he said.APOEL’s coach also made a reference to Wednesday’s crucial Champions League decider against Astana, urging fans to get behind the team from the first whistle.For his part Ermis coach Pavlos Dermitzakis apologised for his team’s poor showing but he did point out that 23 players came and went over the summer and in the last week alone Ermis signed six players.Leal, a summer transfer from Turkish team Gaziantepspor, got off the mark for the reigning champions with a brace as did another summer recruit, Bosnian international Ismet Stilic. Top scorer Tomas de Vincenti and club captain Constantinos Charalambides also got on the scoresheet with Ermis’ solitary goal coming from Greek striker Vassiloyiannis.Omonia had to come back from a two-goal deficit at half-time to overcome newly promoted Nea Salamina 5-3 with two very late goals.The Nicosia side was found wanting at the back as the visitors took a 3-1 lead before the break. Omonia players were booed off the pitch at the interval but a comedy of errors by Salamina’s own backline allowed them back into the game. The jeers turned to cheers as Skembri headed into the net in the 90th minute to give Omonia the lead with Cillian Sheridan converting a penalty deep into injury time for his second of the day. Omonia’s other two goals came from the evergreen 38-year-old Nuno Assis.Pavlou, Jurjuric and Adorno were the scoreers for the visitors.Apollon had to work very hard to overcome Aris on Saturday. The visitors were the better team in a barren first half with chances few and far betweenIn the second half Apollon upped their game and scored twice through Thuram and Slavchev with Aris’ reply coming from Marangoudakis right at the end.AEK midfielder Tomas turned from villain to hero against Paphos FC as he scored both his team’s goals having failed to convert one of the two penalties his side were awarded. Despite a bright start, Paphos gradually tired and when they were reduced to ten men they succumbed to the inevitable.Anorthosis managed to overcome AEL at the Antonis Papadopoulos stadium scoring in each half through recent signing Ndlovu and defender Holgerson towards the end of the game.The first half belonged entirely to the home side who should have taken a more commanding lead at the break. AEL improved in the second half and pressed forward for the equaliser but were twice denied by Anorthosis keeper Coprivec.In the last of the weekend games Doxa managed to nick a point against Ethnikos despite playing for almost the whole of the second half with ten men after their skipper Fernandez was sent off with a second yellow card.Doxa took an early lead through Lopo bot two second-half goals from Pinceli and a Garai own goal gave Ethnikos the lead. Edmar equalised for Doxa five minutes from time.In the final match of the opening round last night, Paralimni won 2-0 away at local rivals Ayia Napa.
Portugal coach Fernando Santos left Bernardo Silva, one of the country’s brightest young players, out of his final 23-man Euro 2016 squad on Tuesday but included 18-year-old Renato Sanches.Silva, 22, was excluded after suffering a thigh injury in his last game for Monaco, while full back Fabio Coentrao and forward Danny were also ruled out through injury.Santos decided not to risk Atletico Madrid midfielder Tiago, who has just recovered after being sidelined for five months with a broken leg.Silva’s absence opened the way for Sanches, who only made his professional debut in October and was sold from Benfica to Bayern Munich for 35 million euros ($40 million) earlier this month.As expected, 37-year-old central defender Ricardo Carvalho, who fell out with Santos’ predecessor Paulo Bento, was included in the squad.“It was difficult to leave out some players who were fundamental in the qualifying competition but decisions have to be taken so that we are finely-tuned in France, with everyone in peak condition,” Santos told reporters. “It’s a short and intense tournament.“All the players were picked after a great amount of thinking,” said the former Greece coach. “The physical state of the players was one of the criteria and Bernando Silva has some restrictions.”Santos also downplayed any concerns that Cristiano Ronaldo’s appearance in the Champions League final later this month could impact his performance in France.Ronaldo, who will lead Real Madrid against Atletico Madrid in the final on May 28, was struggling with injury two years ago when he played in the final of Europe’s top club competition.With little time to rest before the start of the 2014 World Cup, the three-times world player of the year was well below his best in Brazil and Portugal were knocked out in the group stage.But Santos assured supporters that there would be no repeat.“Cristiano Ronaldo will be on his best form and I am convinced that he is physically prepared to play the Champions League and the European championship,” he said. “He is very ambitious in relation to this competition.”Santos added: “Portugal are not favourites, we don’t pretend to be so. But we are good enough to face any opponent on equal terms.”SquadGoalkeepers: Anthony Lopes (Olympique Lyon), Eduardo (Dínamo Zagreb), Rui Patricio (Sporting)Defenders – Bruno Alves (Fenerbahçe), Cedric (Southampton), Jose Fonte (Southampton), Eliseu (Benfica), Pepe (Real Madrid), Raphael Guerreiro (Lorient), Ricardo Carvalho (Monaco), Vieirinha (VfL Wolfsburg)Midfielders – Adrien Silva (Sporting), Joao Mario (Sporting), William Carvalho (Sporting), Andre Gomes (Valencia), Danilo Pereira (Porto), Renato Sanches (Benfica), Joao Moutinho (Monaco)Forwards – Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Eder (Lille), Nani (Fenerbahce), Rafa (Braga), Ricardo Quaresma (Besiktas)
In today’s games, Bears def. Manta Rays 4-2, PNG Power def. Manta Rays 8-1, Brown Eagles def. Gazelle 2-1, United Brothers def. Saints 7-4 and Gazelle drew with Defence 2-2.Port Moresby Men’s Softball Association President, Tony Daple, says there will be two more weekends of pre-season games before the finals on November 6.Daple also wished all the clubs participating in this year’s competition good luck adding that the 2016/17 season will be much bigger and better.
By Robert HandsCyprus will be hosting the EuroHockey Indoor Championship III (Men), taking place in Nicosia at the Tassos Papadopoulos-Eleftheria Sports Hall in Engomi, from the 12th to the 14th January. It is a biennial official national team event of the European Hockey Federation and the first ever international hockey tournament to be held in Cyprus.The national team of Cyprus will be making its maiden appearance at the indoor format. The competition also includes the national teams of Belarus, Greece, Scotland, Slovakia, Slovenia and Wales. The teams will all play each other over the three days of the event and the winner – who will gain promotion to EuroHockey Indoor Championship II in 2020 – will be determined by the overall points classification. The 2016 edition in Finland was won by Italy.Indoor hockey is an exciting variant of traditional “field hockey”, featuring six-a-side teams on smaller pitches and some rule differences, including that the ball cannot be hit but only pushed or deflected. Each game lasts 40 minutes (two periods of 20 minutes) and it is often characterised as quick, technical and physical.During a press conference, Petros Karafokas, President of the Cyprus Hockey Association (CHA), said “This is the most important task ever undertaken by our association and we are all working very hard to bring it to fruition. I would like to thank the volunteers for their great effort and our sponsors for their invaluable support.”Petros Karafokas (centre) speaks at the press conferenceKarafokas also spoke about the CHA’s determination to make the sport more widely known in Cyprus, visiting schools – both private and state – and working with physical education teachers to inform children about hockey and encourage them to take up the sport. “Hopefully, as a result of attending this event, we will see an increase in the number of pupils involved in our sport”, Karafokas said.The Chairman of the Cyprus Olympic Committee, Dinos Michaelides, said “I would like to congratulate the Cyprus Hockey Association. Even though hockey is not well-known in Cyprus, it is actually one of the oldest sports on the island and it deserves to have more exposure… It is a great honour for the Association to have been entrusted with hosting a European tournament.”Opap Cyprus is the principal sponsor of the event, which is also supported by the Cyprus Sports Organisation, the Cyprus Olympic Committee, the Cyprus Tourism Organisation, Petrolina, Pizza Hut, Cipa, Classic Hotel, APS Athienites Ltd, Euthor, Yiakoumi & Partners Ltd, MerinoKnit Ltd, Second Cup and BR HUB.Entrance to the games at the Tassos Papadopoulos-Eleftheria Sports Hall in Engomi is free of charge. Matches will commence at 10am on Friday and Saturday, with the last match of the day at 7:20pm. On Sunday, action will start at 8am and the event will conclude with the Prize Giving Ceremony at 4pm. Cyprus will face Scotland at 11:10am on Friday and Belarus at 5pm, on Saturday it’s the turn of Greece (12:20pm) and Wales (7:20pm) and on the last day, Slovenia at 11:30am and Slovakia at 3pm.For the complete schedule of matches visit the CHA’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Cyprus-Hockey-1620824201465119/. More information about hockey in Cyprus, and details of the academy for children aged 7-16, can be found on the CHA’s website, https://www.cyprushockey.org
A monthlong survey of deep-sea seamounts in and around Australia’s Huon and Tasman Fracture marine parks has revealed a spectacular range of species, from feathery corals and tulip-shaped glass sponges to bioluminescent squids and ghost sharks.Researchers surveyed 45 seamounts and covered 200 kilometers (124 miles), collecting 60,000 stereo images and some 300 hours of video.Close to the surface, they recorded data on 42 seabird species and eight whale and dolphin species. The researchers also used a net to collect some animals from the seamounts for identification, many of which are potentially new to science. South of Tasmania, hundreds of undersea mountains mark the deep ocean floor. Now, a monthlong survey of these seamounts in and around Australia’s Huon and Tasman Fracture marine parks has revealed a spectacular range of deep-sea species, from feathery corals and tulip-shaped glass sponges to bioluminescent squids and ghost sharks. The survey team has also uncovered more than 100 previously unnamed species that are likely new to science.The seamounts within the marine parks occur at depths of 700 to 1,500 meters (2,300 to 4,900 feet). These mountains are home to cold-water corals that are slow-growing, fragile and threatened by fishing, deep-sea mining and climate change-induced variations in sea temperature and acidity. But accessing these harsh, dark, high-pressure depths is extremely hard. So scientists and park managers went aboard the Investigator, a research ship that’s part of Australia’s Marine National Facility, and used a special camera system designed by staff at the Australian government’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) to see what lies thousands of feet beneath the ocean’s surface.The deep-tow system, weighing about 350 kilograms (770 pounds), has four cameras secured within high-strength aluminium housings, and a fiber-optic cable that feeds real-time footage of the deep-sea floor back to the ship. During the monthlong exploration, the researchers surveyed 45 seamounts using the deep-tow cameras, voyage chief scientist Alan Williams of CSIRO said in a statement. They covered 200 kilometers (124 miles) and collected 60,000 stereo images and some 300 hours of video. The footage captured hundreds of corals, including the main reef-building stony coral (Solenosmilia variabilis) and many other soft corals.“While it will take months to fully analyse the coral distributions, we have already seen healthy deep-sea coral communities on many smaller seafloor hills and raised ridges away from the seamounts, to depths of 1450 meters [4,760 feet],” Williams said in the statement. “This means that there is more of this important coral reef in the Huon and Tasman Fracture marine parks than we previously realised.”Yellow stony coral on a seamount. Image by CSIRO.The team saw bioluminescent squids, ghost sharks, deep-water sharks, rays, orange roughy, and oreos near the seamounts. And close to the surface of the sea, they recorded data on 42 seabird species and eight whale and dolphin species. The researchers also used a net to collect some animals from the seamounts for identification. Many species, as one would expect from remote areas, were potentially new to science.“For several of the museum taxonomists onboard, this was their first contact with coral and mollusc species they had known, and even named, only from preserved specimens,” Williams and Nic Bax, director of CSIRO’s NERP Marine Biodiversity Hub, write in the Conversation.In one of the seamounts, the team saw what they say is the “world’s only known aggregation of deep-water eels.”“We have sampled these eels twice before and were keen to learn more about this rare phenomenon,” Williams and Bax write. “Using an electric big-game fishing rig we landed two egg-laden female eels from a depth of 1,100 metres [3,610 feet]: a possible first for the record books.”The areas now under the protection of the Tasman Fracture commonwealth marine reserve (created in 2007) and Huon commonwealth marine reserve (established in 1999), were once heavily fished by trawlers. Researchers say the present surveys can shed light on both what grows in the deep-sea environments, and if corals that were damaged by bottom-trawling are recovering after 20 years of protection.“While we saw no evidence that the coral communities are recovering, there were signs that some individual species of corals, featherstars and urchins have re-established a foothold,” Williams said.A brittlestar. Image by CSIRO.Coral with a brittlestar. Image by CSIRO.A rock crab collected from the deep sea. Image by Fraser Johnston/CSIRO. Animals, Biodiversity, Conservation, Environment, Marine, Marine Animals, Marine Biodiversity, New Species, Oceans, Species Discovery, Wildlife 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 Article published by Shreya Dasgupta
Dear Editor,It is nice to see the upgrades that have been done to the CJIA airport. The new facilities will provide a comfortable, modernised experience for travellers. To complement these improvements, I would like to make a few suggestions to improve the ease of transit experience for passengers.1. Simplify the process for filling out departure and arrival records – An online system to check-in and complete the forms necessary for departure and arrival records should be implemented to ease the burden on families travelling with small children. The current process of filling out individual forms for each traveller is fatiguing and time consuming for persons (like myself) who travel with 2-3 small children in tow. Let’s have a secure form accessible by passengers online and authenticated by a security code generated by the system and sent to the passenger. Also, have the option for one form to be used to cover a family of two parents and three small children, filled out by one of the adults.2. Make scanning luggage easier and more convenient – Instead of having to load your luggage up on a trolley then taking it to a special scanner for use by multiple passengers, why not have multiple scanners located at each customs aisle. This way, the airport can scan multiple passengers’ luggage simultaneously and significantly decrease time spent going through customs. This will benefit both arriving and departing travellers and can allow the airport to serve more flights daily.Development should not be limited to facilities and aesthetics only but should incorporate the policies, procedures and training provided to airport personnel to handle flights. There has been an uptick in the number of foreign visitors passing through Guyana, and as oil comes to the barrel, there will be more. Having an efficient, functioning system for travellers will be critical to ensuring they have a good experience entering or exiting the country.Sincerely,Shazaam Ally
The sentiment emerged following comments from Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke about inflation and as several central banks outside the United States raised rates. A move in the 10-year bond yield above 5 percent Thursday – a level not seen since last summer – sent stock market investors rushing to bonds. The pullback during the week left stocks ripe for buying Friday. “The fact that it rallied the last two hours of the day showed people were coming in buying what they thought were pretty good bargains,” said Ryan Detrick, senior technical analyst at Schaeffer’s Investment Research. The Dow industrials rose 157.66, or 1.19 percent, to 13,424.39. Broader stock indicators also jumped. The S&P 500 advanced 16.95, or 1.14 percent, to 1,507.67. It was just last month that the index crossed above the 1,500 mark for the first time in nearly seven years. The Nasdaq composite index on Friday rose 32.16, or 1.27 percent, to 2,573.54. The session’s gains couldn’t offset all the losses for a week that started out with fresh closing records for the Dow and the S&P 500. The Dow fell 1.78 percent for the week, while the S&P 500 lost 1.87 percent and the Nasdaq gave up 1.54 percent. Before stocks regained some lost ground Friday, the major indexes had each fallen nearly 3 percent in what was the biggest three-session decline since a short-lived pullback that began Feb. 27. “It definitely was a down week, but investors tend to have a short-term memory,” Detrick said. “They just remember the good Friday. This three-day dip might be nothing more than a solid buying opportunity.” He added that the coming week brings expiration of options contracts and that stocks have managed gains in 12 of the 17 such weeks since the start of last year. Stocks received a boost Friday as oil prices fell after a cyclone spared major oil installations in the Gulf of Oman, easing supply concerns. Light, sweet crude for July delivery settled down $2.17 at $64.76 per barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The week’s swings stirred concerns that an extended rise in interest rates could cork the huge flow of takeover activity that, according to financial data provider Dealogic, has been on pace to beat last year’s record $4 trillion.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEW YORK – Stocks snapped a three-day losing streak Friday, letting investors recoup some of the losses incurred during a week in which concerns about interest rates roiled Wall Street. In Friday’s session, the Dow Jones industrial average showed its biggest point gain in more than two months, and the Standard & Poor’s 500 index crossed back above the 1,500 mark. After briefly dipping into negative territory, stocks gained steam Friday as yields on the 10-year Treasury note backed off five-year highs of 5.25 percent. As stocks closed Friday, the yield on the benchmark note hovered around 5.11 percent. Yields, which move in the opposite direction of bond prices, jumped during the week after investors grew less optimistic that the Federal Reserve would lower short-term interest rates.
Jamie Carragher nominated him and thousands of football fans were praying it would happen… now talkSPORT’s Drivetime presenter Adrian Durham has taken the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.In case you have no idea what this is about, people around the globe are filming themselves having a bucket of freezing cold, icey water chucked over them, all for a good cause.The idea is to raise awareness of Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a disease that affects nerve cells in the brain, leading to the loss of voluntary muscle movement.To find out more about ALS, the ALS Association and how you can help support the work being done to raise awareness, as well as assist the work being done to find a cure, visit: www.alsa.orgDonations can be made to the ALS Association here
1 Davide Santon in training with the Italian national side Davide Santon has told Inter Milan that he has no desire to join Watford.talkSPORT told you yesterday about quotes on the full-back’s Facebook page, in which he stated his desire to stay at the San Siro.Watford had previously been linked with a summer swoop for the defender, who spent four years in England with Newcastle.However, according to FC Inter News, the 24-year-old has now told Inter’s hierarchy that he has no plans to leave the club.After writing his views on Facebook, the Italian has now met with the club’s board to confirm face-to-face that he wants to play in Serie A next season.
1 Former Liverpool goalkeeper Brad Jones has joined NEC Nijmegen.The Australian has signed for the Dutch club on a deal that runs until the end of the Eredivisie season.Jones, 33, was a free agent after leaving Bradford.He had penned a one-year deal with the League Cup in August following his release by Liverpool.But he made just three appearances for the Bantams and had his contract cancelled by mutual consent in October.Jones previously spent five years at Anfield as understudy to Pepe Reina and Simon Mignolet, making just 11 Premier League appearances for the club. Brad Jones