Jose Marti hold KC

first_imgJose Marti Technical High put the brakes on Group G leaders, Kingston College, halting the North Street-based school’s perfect winning record, with a come-from-behind 1-1 draw in ISSA/FLOW Manning Cup action at the Stadium East field yesterday.KC went ahead in the 26th minute when Rashawn Mackison headed home from a perfect Nickardo Hanchard corner kick.The purple and white-clad KC should have wrapped up the game before the end of the first half but wayward finishing ensured their opponents remained with a fighting chance.They took that chance in the 62nd minute when Khalfane Richards cleverly chipped the ball over a KC defender then dribbled into the 18-yard box before slamming home. Richards who was scoring his fourth goal of the season, celebrated wildly in front of the KC supporters with a wipe of his finger across his neck.”That was just my celebration. I like to upset the big guns like St George’s and KC,” he said.”I feel very wonderful as I have put in a lot of hard work. I will keep trying to score more goals,” he told The Gleaner.KC remain top of the group with 16 points from six games, with five wins and yesterday’s draw. Camperdown are next with 12 from five while Jose Marti are third with seven points.KC’s coach Ludlow Bernard said his team needed to convert its chances and also tighten up in defence.”We will always say that we need to convert our chances, but probably if we were a little tighter in defence they would not have got that chance,” he assessed, adding that they will be looking to “maximise their efforts in remaining games”.Calvert Fitzgerald, coach of Jose Marti, believes his team did well to earn the draw.”We really wanted something from this KC game so we are very satisfied,” he said.last_img read more

‘Better than Rashford’ – Chelsea fans react to Abraham’s Under-21 display

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesTammy Abraham’s first start for England Under-21s on Tuesday excited Chelsea fans on Twitter – and led to inevitable comparisons with Marcus Rashford.Teenager Abraham scored twice in the Under-21s’ 5-0 victory over Bosnia-Herzegovina, while last month Manchester United forward Rashford netted a hat-trick on his debut at that age level.Abraham has now got 13 goals in 16 games for club and country this season, including a prolific start to his loan spell at Bristol City, and some Blues supporters believe he is already better than Rashford and Man City’s Kelechi Iheanacho.Tammy Abraham is better than Rashford but he’ll never be rated cos he’s at Chelsea.— navid (@CescAddict) October 11, 2016Will be livid if we loan Abraham out again next year, just as good if not better than Rashford— V (@Lampardelight) October 11, 2016Tammy Abraham could become like Rashford & Iheanacho, but rival fans will say different because he plays for Chelsea.— – (@FalseNineRoIe) October 11, 2016Abraham is better than Rashford + Kelechi put together, but because he plays for Chelsea, he won’t be rated— ️ Brian (@Luizesque) October 11, 2016Trust this tweet.Tammy Abraham will be a bigger player than Marcus Rashford.— J (@VintageHazard_) October 11, 2016Other Chelsea fans were more concerned about whether Abraham would ever be given a chance in the first team – or if like Patrick Bamford he would struggle to make the step up.Tammy Abraham trending! What a prospect, but as I’ve said a hundred times it’s shame we’ll never see him in a Chelsea shirt. #CFC— Zandie (@nordicgeek_) October 11, 2016I hope Tammy Abraham breaks into the first team.. #CFC— Sameer Alam (@Sameeralam94) October 11, 2016Tammy Abraham is incredible. Two goals in his England U-21 debut. Premier League loan for him next season and then into the #CFC first team?— Evan McMurtrie (@EvanMcMurtrie) October 11, 2016Tammy Abraham is quality, hope he gets a chance in the first team when he’s back #CFC— Kieran McGowan (@McGowan_99) October 11, 2016a lot of people are skeptical if Tammy Abraham is just another Bamford, but I’d suggest otherwise. Abraham has better pace/awereness #CFC— iBleedBlue (@jal21CFC) October 11, 2016Tammy’s 2nd goal was class. Beat the offside trap and that finish was as cool as you like. Not just a flash in the pan this kid #Talent #CFC— Matt Bennett (@MattBennettSw6) October 11, 2016Click here for the latest Chelsea transfer gossipClick here for today’s Chelsea quiz See also:’£20m’ Chelsea prospect does it again for Bristol CityFans on Twitter hail Chelsea youngster AbrahamAbraham ‘buzzing’ after Under-21 call-upAbraham scores twice in England Under-21 victoryFulham may not face injured AbrahamChelsea prospect Abraham wins award Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x Drink This Before Bed, Watch Your Body Fat Melt Like Crazy x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

The Built-In Weakness of ‘Footprint’ Estimates

first_imgAs an ecological economist and scholar of sustainability, I am particularly interested in metrics and indicators that can help us understand human uses of Earth’s ecosystems. Better measurements of the impacts of human activities can help identify ways to sustain both human well-being and natural resources.Earth Overshoot Day is a compelling concept and has raised awareness of the growing impact of human activities on the planet. Unfortunately, the methodology used to calculate it and the ecological footprint on which it is based is conceptually flawed and practically unusable in any science or policy context. In my view, the ecological footprint ultimately does not measure overuse of natural resources — and it may very well underestimate it.Rising demands, finite resourcesThe Global Footprint Network estimates when Earth Overshoot Day will arrive based on its National Footprint Accounts. These include extensive data sets that the organization uses to calculate two overarching indicators:The ecological footprint, perhaps the most commonly used metric of the environmental impacts of human resource use. Each country’s ecological footprint is an estimate of the biological resources required to meet its population’s consumption demands and absorb its carbon emissions.National biocapacity, which is an estimate of how well each country’s ecosystems can produce the natural resources consumed by humans and absorb the waste and pollution that humans generate.Both of these measures are expressed in global hectares. One hectare is equal to 10,000 square meters, or about 2.47 acres.Going into overshootTo estimate when Earth Overshoot Day will arrive, the Global Footprint Network calculates the number of days in a given year for which Earth has enough biocapacity to provide for humans’ total ecological footprint. The rest of the year represents “global overshoot.”When the footprint of consumption worldwide exceeds biocapacity, the authors assert that humans are exceeding the regenerative capacity of Earth’s ecosystems. This year, they estimate that humans are using natural resources 1.7 times faster than ecosystems can regenerate — or, put another way, consuming 1.7 Earths.As an example, the ecological footprint for France is 4.7 global hectares per person, and global biocapacity is 1.7 hectares per person. Therefore, it would take (4.7/ 1.7 =) 2.8 Earths if everyone lived like the French.France’s Overshoot Day would be estimated as (365 x (1.7/ 4.7)) = 130, or the 130th day of the year, which is May 5 based on 2014 data. The United States reached overshoot even earlier, on March 15.What to count?However, there are some fundamental and misleading shortcomings in these calculations. In a 2013 paper, six authors from academia, The Nature Conservancy, and the California-based Breakthrough Institute analyzed how the Ecological Footprint falls short. In their view, it primarily measures humans’ carbon footprint but does not address other key impacts.To calculate ecological footprints, the Global Footprint Network estimates the supply and demand of renewable biological resources across six land use types: forests, fishing grounds, croplands, grazing lands, developed lands, and the area of forest required to offset human carbon emissions — that is, the carbon footprint. According to the network’s own analysis, each of these land use types is nearly in balance or in surplus, except for the carbon footprint.The two key categories for producing food — cropland and grazing land — are defined in such a way that they can never be in deficit. And the analysis does not reflect environmental consequences of human use of these lands, such as soil erosion, nutrient runoff, or overuse of water. It measures only land area.For example, the ecological footprint for Indonesia is 1.61 global hectares per person, which is among the lowest 30% of all countries. But according to a 2014 study, Indonesia has the highest deforestation rate in the world.Furthermore, the footprint calculation does not consider whether stocks of natural resources are decreasing or increasing as a result of human consumption. This question is critical for understanding ecological impacts.These national ecological footprint calculations also conflate sustainability with self-sufficiency. They assume that every nation should produce all of the resources it consumes, even though it might be less expensive for countries to import some goods than to produce them at home.As an example, the network lists Canada as an “ecological creditor” whose biocapacity exceeds its population’s ecological footprint. However, Canada is among the top 10 oil-producing countries in the world, and exports much of that oil for foreign consumption. Most of it goes to the United States, an “ecological debtor” that consumes more resources than it produces.Thinking purely in terms of generic “resources,” everyone is better off when debtor countries can import resources from nations with supplies to spare. There are real and important environmental impacts associated with producing and consuming oil, but the network’s calculations do not address them. Nor do they reflect the decline in natural capital from extracting a nonrenewable resource.Measuring sustainabilityThe Global Footprint Network asserts that “You can’t manage what you can’t measure,” but it may be impossible to create a single metric that can capture all human impacts on the environment. Earth Overshoot Day highlights unsustainable uses of natural resources, but we need scientifically robust ecological indicators to inform environmental policy, and a broader understanding of ecological risks.Better measurements of sustainability should reflect changes in our supplies of natural capital, include estimates of uncertainty and incorporate multiple pathways to reducing carbon footprints. The best tool for measuring human impacts on the planet may be a dashboard of environmental indicators, not a footprint.Robert B. Richardson is an associate professor of sustainable development at Michigan State University. This post originally appeared at The Conversation. Experts widely agree that human activities are harming the global environment. Since the Industrial Revolution, the world economy has grown dramatically. Overall this is a success story, since rising incomes have lifted millions of people out of poverty. But it has been fueled by population growth and increasing consumption of natural resources.Rising demand to meet the needs of more than 7 billion people has transformed land use and generated unprecedented levels of pollution, affecting biodiversity, forests, wetlands, water bodies, soils and air quality.By August 1, humans had consumed more natural resources in 2018 than the Earth can regenerate this year, according to the California-based Global Footprint Network. This environmental nonprofit calculates the annual arrival of Earth Overshoot Day — the date when humanity’s demands on nature exceed what the network’s analysts estimate the Earth can regenerate over the entire year. August 1 is the earliest date since ecological overshoot began in the early 1970s. RELATED ARTICLESWe’re Using Everything Up Much Too QuicklyWhat Does ‘Sustainable’ Mean?We Calculated How Much Trees Save for Your CityDesigning the Cities of the FutureWhat Makes a City Green?Is It Time to Move Our Cities?last_img read more

H.S. Sidhu back as Punjab STF chief

first_imgIn a major administrative reshuffle, the Punjab government on Thursday transferred 26 IPS and five PPS officers in the State.Harpreet Singh Sidhu, who was posted as Special Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister, has been given charge of the Special Task Force as Additional Director-General of Police. He will replace Gurpreet Kaur Deo, who will take over as ADGP (Crime). Last year, Mr. Sidhu was removed as STF chief after a reported tussle between him and the then DGP Suresh Arora.Promotion for threeThree IPS officers — Prabhod Kumar, Rohit Choudhary and Iqbal Preet Singh Sahota — have been promoted to the rank of Director-General of Police. Mr. Kumar has been posted as Special DGP and Director (Bureau of Investigation) while Mr. Chaudhary will take over as Special DGP (Policy and Rules). Mr. Sahota will be Special DGP (Armed Battalions) in Jalandhar.An official statement said ADGP (Admin) Gaurav Yadav has been given additional charge of the litigation wing. ADGP Ishwar Singh has been given charge of law and order while Jitendra Kumar Jain, ADGP (Policy and Rules), will hold additional charge of SCRB as Director.last_img read more

World Cup: American dream falls short after 2-1 loss to Belgium

first_imgKevin De Bruyne celebrates after Belgium’s 2-1 win over USA in the Round of 16 tie They captured the eyes and hearts of a suddenly awakened soccer nation, who gathered in unprecedented numbers to watch the world’s game.Statistical Highlights | Match Photos But the end of the ride came at the exact same point as four years ago: with an overtime loss in the World Cup’s round of 16.Kevin De Bruyne finally beat goalkeeper Tim Howard in the third minute of extra time, Romelu Lukaku scored 12 minutes later to give Belgium a two-goal lead, and the Red Devils hung on for a 2-1 victory Tuesday.”It’s heartbreaking,” Howard said. “I don’t think we could have given it more.”Before exiting, the US showed the spunk that captured America’s attention. Julian Green, at 19 the youngest player on the US roster, stuck out his right foot to volley in Michael Bradley’s pass over the defense in the 107th minute, two minutes after entering the game.They nearly tied it up in the 114th, when Clint Dempsey peeled off the ball and was stopped point-blank by goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois after being fed by Bradley on a free kick.But it wasn’t enough, and U.S. players fell to the field at the final whistle in their all-white uniforms like so many crumpled tissues.”You get to this point and these games are always about a play here and play there,” Bradley said.The Americans advanced from a difficult first-round group that included Germany, Portugal and Ghana to reach the knockout rounds of consecutive World Cups for the first time. Four years ago, they were eliminated in South Africa by Ghana 1-0 on a goal in the third minute of overtime.advertisementFans who had made the trek south of the equator chanting “I believe that we will win!” could hardly believe they lost, extending a World Cup winless streak against European nations to nine games over 12 years.The crowd of 51,227 at Arena Fonte Nova appeared to be about one third pro-U.S., with 10 percent backing the Belgians and the rest neutral. Back home, millions watched across the United States in offices, homes and public gatherings that includes a huge crowd in Chicago’s Soldier Field.At some large financial firms in Manhattan, 70-inch screens were brought in for employees to watch. President Barack Obama joined about 200 staffers in an Executive Office Building auditorium to watch the second half.”I believe!” he exclaimed as he walked in at the front of the hall. “I believe!”That sparked a chorus of the chant, and as Obama took a front-row seat, he said sheepishly: “I was worried that if I walked in and Belgium scored, I’d get in trouble.”Howard, playing the finest game of his career, stopped a dozen shots with his legs and arms to keep the Americans even through regulation and force an additional 30 minutes. He wound up with 16 saves.In its first World Cup under Jurgen Klinsmann, the U.S. had promised to play attacking soccer. But once again the Americans had trouble maintaining possession and for much of the night it seemed as if the field were tilted.Howard, at 35 one of the American veterans, kept saving his team.But when Matt Besler lost his balance on an attack down the right, Lukaku sped in alone and crossed in front of the goal. The ball rebounded off a defender, and De Bruyne controlled it, spun and beat Howard just over his right foot.Then with the U.S. pushing for an equalizer, De Bruyne burst ahead and fed Lukaku. He slotted the ball past Howard, his Everton teammate, seeming to put the Red Devils out of reach.But Green, among five German-Americans on the U.S. roster and a surprise pick, woke up the team and its fans with his first touch of the game, setting off raucous chants of “U-S-A! U-S-A!” But there would be no final comeback this time.Chris Wondolowski had a chance to win it in stoppage time when Jermaine Jones flicked the ball to him at the top of the 6-yard box, but with Courtois coming out Wondolowski put the ball over the crossbar.”The dream falls short, but this is an incredible group,” Howard said, “and we’ll never forget this night.”Team Lineups(from):Belgium: Thibaut Courtois; Toby Alderweireld, Daniel Van Buyten, Vincent Kompany, Jan Vertonghen; Axel Witsel, Marouane Fellaini, Kevin De Bruyne, Dries Mertens (Kevin Mirallas, 60th), Eden Hazard (Nacer Chadli, 111th); Divock Origi (Romelu Lukaku, 91st)advertisementUnited States: Tim Howard; Fabian Johnson (DeAndre Yedlin, 32nd), Matt Besler, Omar Gonzalez, DaMarcus Beasley, Geoff Cameron; Michael Bradley, Jermaine Jones, Alejandro Bedoya (Julian Green, 105th, injury time), Graham Zusi (Chris Wondolowski, 72nd); Clint Dempseylast_img read more