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first_img1 Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson celebrates his goal against Ludogorets in the Champions League Liverpool kept their Champions League last-16 hopes intact despite slipping to a late equaliser in a 2-2 draw with Ludogorets in Sofia.The Reds were hoping to kickstart their season and halt a run of four consecutive defeats in all competitions with victory against the Bulgarian minnows, but instead found themselves a goal down inside three minutes when a mistake from Simon Mignolet allowed striker Dani Abalo to score.Brendan Rodgers’ men soon recovered from their shocking start, however, with goals from Rickie Lambert and Jordan Henderson handing them a half-time lead.But the Merseysiders were sluggish after the break, and they eventually conceded following a sustained period of pressure from the hosts, who equalised from a corner in the final five minutes to deny the Reds a much-needed win.Fortunately, though, the result doesn’t end Liverpool’s chances, as Real Madrid’s 1-0 victory over Basel means the Premier League outfit can progress to the knock-out stages if they beat the Swiss side in their final Group B fixture.It was a disastrous start from the Merseysiders, who went behind moments after kick-off following a horrible mistake from Mignolet.The Belgian has come under fire for his poor performances this season, and the error-prone stopper’s woes continued as he failed to hold a routine shot from Marcelinho, the ball squirming out of his grasp and falling straight to forward Dani Abalo, who dashed in to open the scoring.But to their credit, the Reds’ heads didn’t drop and Rodgers’ side had to wait just five minutes for the equaliser, though it came in fortuitous circumstances.Ludogorets were caught napping as they failed to clear a searching cross from Jordan Henderson, with Rickie Lambert, playing on his own upfront in the absence of the injured Mario Balotelli, pouncing on the loose ball and deftly heading over the stranded goalkeeper for his first goal in European football.The former Southampton man’s strike seemed to settle down the Merseysiders, but Ludogorets remained a threat on the break with Dutch speedster Virgil Misidjan proving a nuisance on the left flank.They could do little more than force a few corner kicks though, while Liverpool also failed to really prove a threat in the final third.Veteran centre-back Kolo Toure was a commanding figure once again in his second straight European appearance, having impressed in the 1-0 defeat to Real Madrid, though there was a heart-stopping moment when his sliding interception to prevent a dangerous cross saw the ball trickle just past his own post.And the hair-raising action continued shortly after when Mignolet came out of his goal to punch away a free-kick but missed the ball entirely, though fortunately the hosts couldn’t capitalise on another mistake as the Reds cleared.It was clear the Reds were missing that zip in the final third as, having blown teams away with their breathtaking counter-attacking play last term, they failed to really make any ground towards the goal.Lone frontman Lambert did hold up the ball well, but the pace of departed star Luis Suarez and injured striker Daniel Sturridge – and even, dare I say, Mario Balotelli – was sorely missed.Despite making little leeway upfront, that all important goal did come moments before the break from their first clear breakaway.Raheem Sterling pushed forward and sent a brilliant low cross into the area, with the energetic Henderson running from deep to meet the pass at the back post to tap Liverpool in front.Henderson then appeared to have blown a huge chance to increase his side’s lead shortly after the re-start when he followed up Lambert’s blocked header by firing astonishingly over the bar with an open goal at his mercy, but the England midfielder’s blushes were spared as the referee had already blown for a free kick following a foul on the keeper.More and more mistakes crept into Liverpool’s game as the half progressed and they soon found themselves on the back foot when they faced a barrage of corner kicks, though Ludogorets’ lack of clinical touch saw the visitors escape with their slender lead intact.Sterling was by far the Anfield outfit’s most lively player, but despite his energy and efforts in and around the box, the youngster was often muscled off the ball and looked ragged as the second-half went on.He eventually made way for Alberto Moreno, but not before going closet to a Liverpool third, being played through one-on-one by a defence-splitting Steven Gerrard pass but taking a touch too many as the goalkeeper gobbled up the chance.The scrappy affair continued with quality at a premium from both sides, and – with the fresh legs of three late substitutes giving them added oomph upfront – the hosts’ continued pressure eventually bore fruit when another corner finally found its way through the Reds’ defence.It was Glen Johnson who lost his man, with Georgi Terziev nipping in front of the defender to deservedly level with a close-range header.There was no mistaking the Reds’ disappointment at the final whistle having let another victory slip away, but a draw still means they are just one win away from progressing to the next stage.last_img read more

first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!OAKLAND – It did not take long for Warriors coach Steve Kerr to analyze the footage. Following the Warriors’ Game 1 win over the Los Angeles Clippers in their first-round matchup, Kerr rewatched the moments leading up to Kevin Durant and Patrick Beverley receiving ejections. Kerr then reached this conclusion about official Ed Malloy.“I’m not sure anybody deserved …last_img

first_img15 August 2007South Africa will only consider culling its elephants as a last resort, after either translocation or contraception, says the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism.The department’s chief director, Leseho Sello, was briefing a parliamentary committee on environmental affairs and tourism this week on managing the country’s vast elephant populationSello said Environment and Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk had instructed that culling only be considered as a last resort, while noting that massive local and international pressure from animal welfare groups and others made culling a very unattractive option.The culling of these huge but gentle beasts is a delicate and extremely emotional issue for many people, she said.South Africa is developing a strategy to deal with the increasing numbers of elephants in the country, which presents a threat to the sustainability of the environment they inhabit.Sello was unable to provide the committee with actual figures of elephant populations, or the number of elephants the Kruger National Park could handle, but one Member of Parliament said “anecdotal evidence” pointed to a population in excess of 6 000.Sello said reports indicate that the large numbers of elephants in areas like the Kruger National Park could harm the environment to such a point where large sections of the park could become completely barren.This would reduce the animals’ own food sources and ultimately result in a situation where the growth of the population could then threaten their survival.She added that neighbouring countries like Namibia, Botswana, Zambia and Tanzania were facing similar problems.Anti-culling lobbyistsSello told the committee that lobbyists had sent many petitions against elephant culling to Van Schalkwyk, with some even threatening to organise tourist boycotts should the government resort to culling to reduce elephant populations.Given that tourism is a major contributor to South Africa’s economy, and with eco-tourism being one of the fastest growing areas in the sector, such actions would be undesirable.“It is not wise to fix one problem and thereby create an even bigger one,” Sello said, adding that a moratorium on culling had been in place since the mid-1990s.However, she said one could not conserve elephants at the cost of all other species.TranslocationTranslocation of the animals remained a key option but was also one that needed to be handled sensitively, because the social nature of elephants meant that entire herds would need to be moved to single destinations, making it an expensive option.While many of South Africa’s neighbouring countries also have large populations, the committee pointed out that countries emerging from recent wars had radically reduced animal populations and that they could benefit from such translocations.Such countries include the Democratic Republic of Congo, Angola and Mozambique, with the latter already being a recipient of several elephants.Sello added that other countries, such as Tunisia, were continually approaching the ministry asking for animals.She said that once the department had finalised its strategy, it would need to be applied uniformly across the country, and that both government-funded parks and private game farms with elephants, most of whom are represented by the Elephant Management Owner’s Association, would need to abide by the regulations.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

first_imgAnd we find a trucker…At the suggestion of Lee Jackson of Jackson Tree Service who had cut the trees, we hired Tim Chick of Chick Forest Products in Gorham, Maine (no web site, but Tim can be reached at 207-632-3062). Tim would select the best logs and haul them to Hurd Lumber, and then return to take the remaining logs for pulp.Here’s a video of Tim cutting the trunks to log lengths and loading the logs on his truck. Can we turn our trees into lumber?So what to do with 30 plus reasonably good quality mature pine trees?Just like previous generations, why not use some of the lumber in EdgewaterHaus? In fact, why not use it in one room — say, the three-season room that overlooks the river?We had long ago decided that we wanted this room to have a very different look and feel than the rest of the house. We wanted it to have a greater connection to the outdoors. Using knotty-pine boards for the interior walls and ceiling, with boards milled from pine trees harvested from our lot, would give the room the sense of a traditional Maine waterfront camp, and form a continuing bond to the land from which EdgewaterHaus would rise. Maine is mostly forestMaine is known as the Pine Tree State, with over 90 percent of the state forested. White pine trees tower over other the deciduous and coniferous trees that cover 17 million forested acres across the state. Forest products have played a prominent role throughout the history of Maine, from the early wooden shipbuilding industry along Maine’s rugged coast line, to paper mills still in operation in central Maine. No wonder the pine tree is prominently displayed on the state flag.Many of the lakefront cottages I remember visiting when I was a kid had been built from pine trees growing on the site. The land was cleared, the pine logs brought to a nearby family-operated sawmill, and the lumber hauled back to the site to be used to frame and sheath the building and cover interior spaces. Many of these cottages still stand today with their exterior painted clapboards and unfinished knotty pine interiors that have aged from an initial creamy white color to a rich golden tan.Here’s a video showing the logging operation. In search of a sawmillBut how to get the logs milled into lumber? The tiny sawmills that once dotted the area have long disappeared. (For more on this topic, see Local Food, Local Wood.)I tried to find someone with a portable sawmill. I have often seen Wood-Mizer brand portable sawmills being sold at the woodworking shows I occasionally attend. I did meet with one individual who operated a portable sawmill and could cut the logs on site, but the logistical challenges seemed ill-suited to the task. The benefits of milling the lumber on site were negated by questions of how to load these big logs onto the portable mill, how to get rid of the bark and log off-cuts, and how to remove the remaining unsuitable logs from our lot.So I explored hauling the logs to one of two remaining saw mills within a 50-mile radius of EdgewaterHaus. One mill was running at capacity to fulfill commercial contracts and not interested in my small job. However, Hurd Lumber Company, a third-generation family sawmill located along the Maine-New Hampshire border in tiny Acton, Maine, was willing to do the job. [Editor’s note: Roger and Lynn Normand are building a [no-glossary]Passivhaus[/no-glossary] in Maine. This is the 13th article in a series that will follow their project from planning through construction.]We hired Jackson Tree Services to cut down over 30 mature pine trees along the north and west perimeter of our lot. I was saddened to watch these stately pine trees topple over one by one, felled by the relentless bite of owner Lee Jackson’s chainsaw and his strong-armed supporting crew, Dan and Justin. But moving EdgewaterHaus’ footprint as far from the steep banks on the east and south sides of our lot was a critical priority. That placed the house footprint squarely in the midst of these trees. These trees had to go.Lee and his crew hustled tirelessly throughout a warm, breezy, overcast day with intermittent showers, never stopping except to sharpen the chainsaw or rig guy-lines from the chipper to safely cut the next tree. I believe you could put a dime on the ground along the centerline of where the tree would fall, and Lee would drop the tree dead on top of it. All the tree limbs went into the chipper, which broadcast the bite-size pieces of wood and pine needles across the lot where they will decompose to add to the organic matter in the soil. RELATED ARTICLES Kicking the Tires on a Passivhaus ProjectGoodbye Radiant FloorSelecting a General ContractorPlans and Pricing for Our House in MaineLooking Through Windows — Part 1Looking Through Windows — Part 2Looking Through Windows — Part 3Looking Through Windows — Part 4Looking Through Windows — Part 5Looking Through Windows — Part 6Looking Through Windows — Part 7Designing Superinsulated WallsA Visit to the Local SawmillSeeing Red on a Green Property Appraisal — Part 1 Seeing Red on a Green Property Appraisal — Part 2At the end of the day, all that was left to cut were some nine “sticks” — a.k.a. narrow trees — that Lee would return the next day to cut down with the help of the boom on the logger’s truck. The first article in this series was Kicking the Tires on a Passivhaus Project. Roger Normand’s construction blog is called EdgewaterHaus.last_img read more

first_imgPune: The city police detained two persons on Tuesday for threatening Shrimant Kokate, a self-proclaimed historical researcher, and leader of the pro-Maratha, anti-Brahmin outfit Sambhaji Brigade.Santosh Shinde, a member of the outfit, told The Hindu that they suspect the accused of being Hindutva activists. “A WhatsApp group of around 80-90 persons had been regularly threatening Mr. Kokate since the past week, exhorting him to stop lecturing on King Shivaji and other aspects of Maharashtra’s history,” he said.He added that a case has been lodged in the Shivajinagar police station and two persons have been taken in police custody.According to sources in the police station, a case was lodged under Sections 501 (attempted defamation), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace), and 507 (criminal intimidation by an anonymous communication) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), and Sections 67 and 67(a) of the IT Act, among others.Mr. Kokate is known for his provocative lectures and writings on the life of Maratha warrior King Chhatrapati Shivaji, besides other aspects of the State’s history, like the Battle of Panipat. He is also critical of Brahmanical narratives and his speeches have aroused the ire of Hindutva groups like the Hindu Janjagruti Samiti (HJS).In 2010, the Kolhapur district police police reportedly issued a restraining notice to Mr. Kokate under clause 149 of the IPC, following a complaint by the HJS.last_img read more