Robinson: Best Practices For Bear Issue

first_imgBy JAMES ROBINSONLos Alamos County CouncilorI have been receiving many emails, text messages and phone calls concerning our increased bear activity, and I thought I would share some best practices to get us through until winter.First, some education.An American Black Bear this far into the year needs to consume over 10,000 calories a day to build the weight necessary for the winter. Bears are the world’s greatest calorie counters, and easy calories are always the best. Traditionally, bears would get their calories by eating grasses, berries, acorns and occasional meat sources. However, when these sources are limited due to drought, bears will often find their way into our roll-carts. These carts are full of better tasting, high calorie food than the bear would find in nature, and we tend to line it up nicely for them on the street. An easy way to make your calorie goal. Like a kid in a cookie jar, once they have positive reinforcement, they will keep coming back for more until the cookie jar is removed or they are punished.Negative reinforcement of bears can range from yelling and screaming, to electric shocks, rubber bullets, and relocation. Ultimately, the bear might have to be euthanized. All because it kept coming for the cookie in the cookie jar.This is where we, as residents of this area come in.As our area continues to experience extreme drought, we will continue to see more and more bears coming into town looking for food. It is up to each and every one of us to make sure that they cannot find easy food. Only then, can we assure that these bears will not have to face relocation or euthanization.I have asked the County staff to begin procuring more bear resistant roll-carts. My goal is to get every household a bear resistant roll-cart, however, this will take time to get the carts and deploy them. In the meantime, I am asking all residents of Los Alamos to get creative in keeping bears out of our roll-carts. The easiest solution is to lock the roll-cart in a garage or shed until the morning of your scheduled collection. If you have this ability, PLEASE do this right away.For those, like myself, who do not have a garage to store our roll-carts, my first recommendation would be to find a way to secure the lid of your roll-cart. I have included a link below showing how this can be done using ratchet straps. Another option is to purchase an electric fence (similar to those used for dogs) and build a barrier around your roll-carts. Bears are very pain adverse and often will give up after one shock. Below, I have included another link for electric fencing for bears.Other options I have heard is cleaning your roll-cart regularly with ammonia, or even storing dirty diapers in the cart. We are a creative community. I feel we can come up with a million ways to build a better bear resistant roll-cart.Ultimately, it is up to each and every one of us to protect our bears. I will continue to work on community wide efforts to help our citizens, however, due to the limitations of the Anti-Donation Clause, many of these options are up to the individual household.As the adage goes, “a fed bear, is a dead bear”. Los Alamos has already seen one bear attack, and a mother bear and cubs relocated. Most likely, these bears will not be the last. By changing our habits, and working a little harder, we can make sure we live in harmony with our bears. It is up to us to take responsibility for the waste we generate.If you would like to learn more about bears, I would encourage everyone to tune in for the virtual Bear Festival. Details can be found at https://peecnature.org/If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to email me at [email protected] Straps Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MAilTfoUfC4&app=desktopElectric Fence: http://bearsmartdurango.org/electric-fencing/last_img read more

Strong Support for Infrastructure Projects in Alaska

first_imgSenator Lisa Murkowski yesterday succeeded in leveraging her position on the Energy and Waters Appropriations Subcommittee to deliver resources in the 2016 funding bill that will initiate or maintain infrastructure projects in Alaska.   The appropriations bill, which passed the full Senate Appropriations Committee yesterday, will fund studies, research, port projects and energy innovations that will boost Alaska’s economy.“Infrastructure is the circulatory system of our state, and it sustains our commerce, our culture and simply connects Alaskans to one another – and it must be a priority for our state because we are still lacking the roads, harbors and connections that states in the Lower 48 take for granted,” said Murkowski.Corps of Engineers Operations and Maintenance FundingWhen the appropriations bill is constructed, funding amounts are debated to get the best return on investment for worthwhile projects.The 2016 bill includes:$7,928,000 for Port Lions Harbor;$11,904,000  for Port of Anchorage maintenance and dredging projects;$3,615,000 for Chena River Lakes;$1,231,000 for Dillingham Harbor;$462,000 for Homer Harbor;$180,000 for inspection of completed work in Alaska (This will likely be used for the Nome Sea Wall, Dillingham Sheet Pile, Homer Spit Rock Revetment, Skagway River Levee and other projects);$345,000 for Ninilchik Harbor;$1,550,000 for Nome Harbor;$4,000,000 for St. Paul Harbor;$700,000 for project condition surveys in Alaska (This likely includes Akutan, Bethel, Kake, Dry Pass Channel and Mekoryuk).Corps of Engineers General Investigations FundingBefore a shovel hits the dirt or a backhoe gets delivered, the Corps of Engineers reviews proposals for projects to make sure the most cost-effective methods are used.The 2015 funding bill includes:$535,000 for Craig Harbor;$700,000 for Kotzebue Small Boat Harbor;$700,000 for Perryville Harbor;$700,000 for St. George Harbor.last_img read more

Downward trend

first_img Stephen Hanson, Mansfield I fully endorse Trevor F Moore’s comments (see [2009] Gazette, 3 December, 11), with regard to the pointlessness of being a solicitor. I decided on a career change in the mid-90s, went to university, studied hard for three years before another year of study for the legal practice diploma, all at great cost and very difficult to achieve with a young family to support. Then it was two years of the training contract and being told to work on files and conclude matters that no one else in the practice could be bothered with. The rewards? A modest salary, plenty of stress, and this year – after eight years of practice – being made redundant in favour of an unqualified conveyancing clerk. I am still out of work, and like many other conveyancing solicitors in a similar position find that firms either ignore applications for employment, or are simply looking to save money and recruit paralegals, legal executives or clerks to do the conveyancing. In 1997, this government, ironically made up of many lawyers, started the downward spiral of the profession. We are now over-regulated and forced to compete with other institutions. Furthermore, it is only a matter of time before the public will be able to obtain legal services at the supermarket with their weekly shop, thus further eroding the integrity and independence of the profession. last_img read more

Indians Prospect Shane Bieber Throws Shortened No-Hitter For Triple-A Columbus Friday

first_img Related Topics Columbus would win the game by a final score of 7-0 in what became a shortened game due to weather. Enough rain poured in for the contest to be called short of nine frames but that doesn’t take away from the game Bieber had. Triple-A Columbus provided fans in Gwinnett County, Georgia a historic moment, though one they’d probably like to forget.Shane Bieber, the Cleveland Indians’ eighth-ranked prospect, hurled a seven-inning no-hitter for the Clippers Friday evening against the Stripers. Bieber was excellent on the mound, striking out seven and not allowing a single walk. Eli Mooneyham Elijah Mooneyham has been a dedicated sports fan his whole life. Born and raised in Cleveland, he has his best days when his hometown teams are winning. Elijah is currently on-air talent/producer on two shows, The Main Event and The Moon Hour, where you can find on AllSportsCleveland.com. He also has an insane passion for professional wrestling, so catch his opinions on the world of professional wrestling.last_img read more

Q&A: Mark Stoops previews UK-Mississippi State

first_img Session ID: 2020-09-18:9988fe7d3aa68f8aa2c0abfe Player ID: videojs-brightcove-player-116303-3849427192001 OK Close Modal DialogCaption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsDefaultsDoneClose Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.“They ran the ball, what, 51 times, something like that. And a good portion of some of that yardage came late and it came on some finesse runs, some 11-personnel Q run, and things like that. So if you look at the power run game we actually improved quite a bit in that game and had some good plays and some good stops and did some good things. And, again, I know you can write it how you want, I’m not crazy. I know what good run defense looks like and does not, so certainly we all know we need to get better and improve in certain areas, but like I said, I think some of it was improved.”On Stanley “Boom” Williams condition: “Things look better, not cleared to play yet, obviously. I’ll wait until the doctors tell me he can get on the field but, I think, yeah, things are looking better. When he will be cleared to practice or play I have no idea.”On if the run defense improving make things better with a positive even in the blowout loss: “I think that was part of it. We all knew going into that game that was a big, physical football team that wanted to run the ball and they certainly did, but, again, I thought there were quite a few plays in there where it wasn’t, just constantly getting pushed around, where I thought you know, just right at the start, again, there’s a lot of mistakes we can look at in that game but we start the game with the poor kickoff return and get the penalty.“Then we get a zero-yard gain on first down, incomplete pass on second, and get the penalty. That’s just the discipline we need to continue to work and get better and get more disciplined on this team, but that penalty hurt. If you look throughout the first half, when we get the punt return for a touchdown, but we were hanging in there. We knew it was going to be difficult, not an easy task, but physically defensively we were holding up pretty well and doing some good things. Then it gets to be a little much when you’re on the field that long, and obviously some big plays that we can and will get corrected.”On if they just need more players: “Well, I’m not going to make any excuses, but we just, you know, need to find a way. As I said, going into that game you really need to play well on all sides and we certainly didn’t do that. We didn’t play good enough on any side but I thought we had a chance defensively.”On if he’s saying when he looked back on the film they were not just physically dominated: “Yeah, that’s fair to say. I don’t think we were physically dominated on the field and, again, you just look at, hey, they ran the ball for 300 yards, you’re not generally going to win a lot of games when teams run for 300 yards. We know that’s not acceptable but there are a lot of good, physical plays in there by our defensive guys. But when you make mistakes, they’re magnified. Mistakes are going to cost you games, they’re going to cost you on the road at LSU, making mistakes we did early in that game, it’s going to cost and you it’s going to be magnified. It gets out of control at that point. We can’t have that and we’ve got to coach ’em better and be more disciplined across the board.”On how Mississippi State’s corners compare to LSU: “They’re different, a different style of play and they’re just different guys.”On if the film showed any common theme to the special-teams mistakes: “Well, there’s mistakes. There’s mistakes that can and will be corrected. We’ve all made our mistakes this year, offensively, defensively, special teams. Again, they’re magnified against a very talented team on the road, and when you open the game that way, it doesn’t set the tone. That’s not what you want. So they’re magnified but they’re things that can and will be fixed. The punt return, same thing.“A little unfortunate that we hit it so good. He kicked it so well, outkicked his coverage a little bit. We had guys down there. We had, honestly, five or six guys clean, and we’ve got to do a better job of closing that gap, spreading the net and gettin’ ’em down. Once you get a talented guy started and give him some space, bad things are going to happen to us. So those are things that we can get fixed and will. We all take responsibility for that, and we’ll make the corrections and we’ll move on.”On the opening kickoff and if they intended to kick it short: “That’s something that in hindsight we would do differently. (Laughter.) So, you know, I told you that at one of my news conferences, anybody that tells you they wouldn’t do it differently in hindsight is lying. (Laughter.) It was poor execution and poor call, and we didn’t kick it where we were supposed to, either. So what we were supposed to do on the kick wasn’t there. Therefore, it magnified it. So, sure, we would do it differently. That’s one instance where we were too cute there. Again, I take that responsibility. We take that and we move on. The rest of it is just fundamental things.”On if he would have believed Mississippi State would be No. 1 when they faced Kentucky: “I wouldn’t have put no thought into that, I would have no idea. I would be going on a limb and I don’t like to do that. If you look at their quarterback and their team it’s not a real big surprise. They’re a very talented football team. You could tell they had a lot of confidence coming into the season just by the way they carried themselves at SEC Media, just listening to them with their quarterback and leadership. Dan is sixth year in the process and they have a good-looking team.“I noticed that a year ago. I noticed how big they were and how long and just, you know, they’re developed. They do a great job of coaching, and good things are – it’s coming together for them. They’re playing red hot, and it starts with their quarterback. He’s as talented of a guy as there is in the country. He can run it, he can throw it. He’s making great decisions and their offense puts stress on you. Like I said at the beginning of the statement, they’re well coached, they put stress on you across the board.”On if he remembers anything specific about Prescott from last year’s game: “Physically, good-looking guy, strong, leader, tough, just everything you want in your quarterback and in particular with what they do, with the dual-threat and putting that stress on you.”On if Dan Mullen’s success at Mississippi State is sort of the model for what he wants to do here: “Certainly anybody that’s having success in your league and guys you watch, certainly you look at them and see what they’ve done. I think they’ve done a nice job of recruiting and a lot of times – give them credit under the radar with some of the guys that they get out of their state, that maybe not a lot of people know about. But they have that great length and size and you gotta give them credit for developing those players. Yeah, they’re a good-looking team top to bottom.”On if he has any fear at all about the confidence of his team after a loss like that during a rebuilding process: “Yeah, you worry about it, and we need to address it, because, you know, you’re going to go through ups and downs, you’re going to lose some games. When you self-inflict against a good team – and I’m not taking anything away from LSU because they flat beat us across the board – but when you make a lot of mistakes, you can have a tendency to lose confidence. I told you, other times, speaking to you and to our team, we’ve gotten beyond the belief. Then it’s about execution and doing things and then we go out and don’t do it very well, so now we got to make sure they don’t slip back and start doubting, and it goes back to preparation and work and controlling the things we can control.”On if this is unfamiliar territory since they haven’t had a loss like this yet: “Yeah, it is this year. It’s a new team, first time we have gone through that, it is new to this football team and every team is different. So, yeah, we’ll see how we respond.”On what he hopes young wide receivers learned from LSU game: “I hope they learned how to get open versus press. That’s a physical bunch that doesn’t give you a lot of space. You have to beat ’em, you have to make plays. We can compete at a higher level. We need to be more detailed on some of our routes, and there is a lot of things we can all do better.”On if he has to guard against guys getting too psyched to play a No. 1 team: “As I have said many times I would rather say “whoa” than giddy up, so if we have a good practice and I got to hold ’em back, that will be a good thing. But the emotion, I’m only looking forward in our preparation. You certainly don’t want ’em flat walking into the building, you don’t want ’em being “down” and all those things but the excitement level and how we prepare and as long as they’re focused and they go through preparation and are mentally ready to practice every day and putting ourselves into a position to win a game that’s what I’m looking for.”On importance of a fast start for confidence: “I think it’s always important. It was important last week on the road and we fought it uphill the whole game this week, even though we were at home, we’re playing the No. 1 team in the country, you can’t fall behind, I think it’s important. If we do, we got to learn to face adversity a little better than we did last week.”On what Demarco Robinson did differently than other receivers: “He did do better, you’re right in saying that. Number one, he’s a senior. That helps. So he’s got a lot more experience playing against these big dudes that are up there locking ’em down but Demarco has done a nice job of beating people and playing one-on-ones.”On if they gain confidence from playing well at Mississippi State last year: “I think every team is different but I think, you know, I hope it helps us a little bit and we’ll see how we prepare and how we go through the week.”On if in his experience coaches tend to set the same tone after a lop-sided loss: “I’m not sure if everybody takes the exact same approach every week. I don’t know what other people do. It’s been different from the coaches I’ve been around each week. As I’ve said before, I think, you know, you have to have a good plan, but I go on my instincts and my gut a lot and they’re, sometimes right and sometimes wrong, even in making decisions on the field, you know, and that’s where that hindsight comes in. But I think, you know, with this, definitely I put some thought into the message.”On if he almost has to be an actor in that situation: “I don’t think it’s ever an act. I would never use that word to define it. It’s about making sure that you clearly define the message that you want them to hear. That really doesn’t change much for us a lot as well. Maybe how you deliver it and in those things it does, but the bottom line is we’re all going to accept our responsibility and we’re going to look at things, get it corrected and move on. So, again, we’ll see how well we respond this week.”On if he can take away anything from moving the ball at 17-3 and appearing to weather the slow start for at least awhile: “No, I don’t know if you could take much from it, because I felt like, as you know, from watching the game it was an uphill struggle from the first kickoff of the game. But I do feel like we were battling there. That’s what I was commenting on defensively for a while there. We were hanging in doing some things. And offensively we were moving it. We had 3rd-and-1, a long drive, and we missed that opportunity. That was part execution and part would you do it over? Well, yeah, because it didn’t work you would do it over.“So there are things that we can and need to do better in that situation. The bottom line is we didn’t make it happen, we didn’t deliver, they stopped us and that was a big turning point, because I believe there was roughly five minutes in the half there. If we get a first down, obviously that’s time off the clock and even when we got the ball back after that I believe we stopped ’em right after that, maybe a three and out. They hit a great punt and backed us up, and even then I’m trying to get out of the half. That’s what I want to do at that point. It’s been an uphill climb, it’s 17-3 on the road, we haven’t moved it well, we’re backed up, I want to get first downs and get out of the half, unless we make big plays and get movin’, of course, but I’m really trying to cut our losses at that point. And then, as we know, they get 10 more points from there and that was impossible for us to catch up from that point on.”On importance of playing well in a nationally showcased game vs. No. 1 team: “I think it’s very important. It’s important for us to play well. Anytime you’re playing a No. 1 team in the country, you’re going to have great exposure. We want to play well and represent our program and what we’ve been doing and all the hard work so it’s important for us to go out and play well.”On what Jabari Johnson has done to work his way into rotation after not playing at all last season: “He gave us size, and he’s been doing a nice job at that position, what we call the ‘Jack’ linebacker there. He’s big. He has a nice feel for it. He’s good on his feet, and we felt like we needed more size in that game. So he’s done some good things, he’s earned the right to play. So we’ll continue to rotate between Bud and Jabari and Hatcher at those spots.”On how Johnson played against LSU: “He did good. He played well, he really did.”On Bud Dupree and Za’Darius Smith having discipline issues playing containment on the outside at times and how they stop an athletic quarterback like Prescott: “It’s not always on them. I mean, it’s always team defense. Sometimes he may step up and then get out as well so they’re trying to get speed rush and our inside guys have to be disciplined. Thing of that sort. We’ve had our discipline issues but containing on the pass rush is not always one of those with them. It’s not always with them, let’s put it that way.“But it does bring up the point that you’re making here, that we need to have great team defense and great discipline with our pass rush. They have disciplined runs and plays where he ad-libs and makes plays. He’s very talented. Anytime it’s tougher on defenses and it’s frustrating at times anytime you play a quarterback that has the experience and feel that he does of making plays. That’s why they’re No. 1 in our league in total offense.”On if he can see the comparisons between Dak Prescott and Tim Tebow: “I could see that. I could see people making that comparison. I never played Tebow but just as a fan and watching him I could see people making it, just with Dan coaching them both. The stress that he puts on you with that offense with a guy that could do both run and pass. They’re both physical. I could see people making that comparison. Obviously that’s a great compliment to Dak, because, you know, Tebow won quite a few games.”On Mississippi State having a bye week before playing Kentucky for the fourth season in a row: “Really? We better talk to somebody. (Laughter.) Well, it is what it is. Nothing I can do about it. It’s above my pay grade.”On if he thinks the state of Kentucky could eventually have the same football success with UK and UofL as Mississippi has with Ole Miss and Mississippi State this season: “I don’t see why not. I really don’t. I feel like we’re both working extremely hard to build our programs, we both have great support, and they’ve been a very talented and good football team and we’re working our way toward that.”On if the long, explosive runs came from a specific area: “It did, and I think some depth issues hurt us as well. In fairness to a few of our players. We got to get ’em out and get ’em spelled as well. We’re certainly were we’re not as fast later in the game as we were early. That’s coaching. We’ve got to develop guys and get some guys in there to help. Give them credit. If they’re going to run it 51 times with those dudes, they’re going to break some, too. It’s not like going into the game that you didn’t think they were going to have any explosive runs. I think I guess the point I was trying to make with the power-run game if you take those explosive runs, it wasn’t that bad. We had a good dose of some good people in there and we played more physical than we had been.”On if he expects Zach West back this week: “I do expect him back but I don’t know how at this point he will respond but I do expect him back this week.”On what they need to do to get the run-game jump-started: “It’s important, just like last week. You know, that’s where the run game is always important. We all want explosive offense, and we need that and want to throw it and will throw it, but you gotta have some balance. Look at Mississippi State, what are they, 264 to the run and 265 to the pass. Try to defend that. Makes a difference. It’s very important to be physical and to have balance. It puts a lot of stress on teams. We’ve done that well at times, and against some teams it’s a little more difficult for us because we’re trying to physically get to where we want to be. So to answer your question, it’s important to get the run game going, at least be able to have those aggravating runs, three, four, five then break one here and there. We’ll continue to work on that.”On if he’s surprised at the run game struggles considering all their explosive backs: “Like I said, it’s been good at times. Wasn’t so good last week, and you have to give credit to LSU for that. They beat us. They played more physical than us and didn’t give us much room.”On Mississippi leading the SEC in sacks per game: “Well, they have an incredible front seven, number one, and number two, they’ve been ahead quite a bit and scoring some points, so teams are going to have to take some chances and maybe drop back and pass more than they want to.”On if passing game struggles were because of LSU DBs or is Patrick Towles could have done some things better: “Certainly Patrick can play better and needs to play better. We missed some opportunities and that’s going to happen. Again, not to make an excuse for Patrick because he doesn’t need me to do that, but there are going to be some times where maybe they’re covered, then maybe they’re open and we miss ’em, either way it’s not good. So when you are off and not playing your best, again, it’s going to get magnified against a great team, especially on the road down there at LSU.”On if in a game like that he has to make those plays when given the opportunity: “You have to make those throws, yeah, you do, and we gotta catch ’em and get open and all those things and we definitely were not at our best.”On the play where Ryan Timmons appeared to not see the ball: “I’m not even sure, to be honest with you. I didn’t ask him yet or couldn’t tell.”On Ryan Timmons’ struggles: “Ryan needs to continue to improve. He needs to compete at a higher level and needs to step it up. We need him to. If we’re going to win games at LSU or if we’re going to win a game at home against the No. 1 team in the country, some of our playmakers need to step up and compete at a high level and make plays and win some one-on-one’s and make some plays. That’s what he needs to do. Again, you asked me specifically about him, there’s others, there’s all of us. We all accept the responsibility and, again, accept the things that we need to do better and that’s something that he needs to do better.”On if film showed what happened on the squib kick: “We addressed it before they went on the field. We had a good idea they were going to squib it. We had a player make a poor decision.”On if having young players in a situation helps because they can forget a loss like that more easily: “I think that goes back to Alan’s question. You know, we’ll see. I think because we got whooped and had because we made some mental mistakes, sometimes that can shake somebody’s confidence, and we’ll see how they respond. I have no reason to believe that, though. I have a good feel we’ll bounce back and prepare well and play well.”* For instant updates on the Wildcats, follow me on Twitter @KyleTucker_CJ. Email me at [email protected] Check out the link below for quick-hits from Mark Stoops’ Monday presser. Read on for every last word, as Stoops reviewed the LSU debacle and looked ahead to Saturday’s home game against No. 1 Mississippi State.5 Takeaways: Stoops on bouncing back, Dak and more.MARK STOOPSOpening statement: “Anxious to just get back to work today and get back on the practice field with our players after a disappointing loss. After reviewing the film, as I said in the postgame, you have to give credit to LSU. They outplayed us, outcoached us, but there are certainly a lot of things that we need to get corrected and can get corrected, so looking forward to getting back out there. Another great challenge that week, playing the No. 1 team in the country. We will have our hands full and need to play a whole lot better. So, again, need to get back out there and improve this week on the practice field.”On stopping the run vs. Mississippi State after struggling at times in run defense this season: “Well, it’s very important. Another physical football team, but not only physical, just, it’s a numbers game as well. Very well coached, puts you in some hard predicaments. Obviously the way Dak (Prescott) is throwing the ball as well, they stretch you constantly. So it is a concern. If you look back at last week, I think we did – believe me, I’m not crazy, I’ve coached defenses that were pretty darn good against the run – the good news is if you take away some of the explosive runs that can get corrected in certain spots, just physically we actually did some very good things. 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Mbappe brace secures comeback win for PSG at Guingamp

first_imgPARIS, (Reuters) – World Cup winner Kylian Mbappe scored twice as champions Paris St Germain completed a second-half comeback to secure a 3-1 win over En Avant Guingamp in Ligue 1 yesterday. Belgium international Thomas Meunier returned to a youthful PSG side while Mbappe was benched as the visitors’ quest for two wins in as many games got off to a poor start.Guingamp held their own in front of a vociferous home crowd in the first half and forced an impressive save from goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon to deny Marcus Thuram in the 14th minute.Guingamp winger Marcus Coco capitalised on PSG right back Colin Dagba’s error and played in striker Nolan Roux, who slotted past Buffon to give the hosts a shock lead. Guingamp continued to pile on the pressure as PSG struggled with defensive errors and lacked attacking fluidity.France international Mbappe replaced Timothy Weah at the start of the second half as PSG took control of the match, with Neymar winning a penalty in the 53rd minute and converting it to equalise.A resurgent PSG then dominated proceedings and created numerous chances beforeMbappe scored his opening goal of the season in the 82nd minute and he soon doubled his tally to seal the win. Striker Radamel Falcao missed a penalty as a wasteful AS Monaco were held to a goalless draw with LOSC Lille in their first home league match of the season.Monaco, the only team to win the league title other than PSG in the last five seasons, failed to convert their chances in the opening half while Lille rarely troubled Diego Benaglio’s goal.Skipper Falcao, who notched a goal and an assist in Monaco’s opening victory at Nantes, missed the hosts’ best chance in the 67th minute, when he won a penalty but failed to convert it as Lille goalkeeper Mike Maignan pulled off a good save. Monaco continued to push for a breakthrough but Lille held on to secure a point.PSG top the standings, followed by Dijon and Stade Reims, who climbed to third after Friday’s 1-0 win over Olympique Lyonnais.Monaco and Lille are fourth and fifth while a second consecutive defeat left Guingamp in 17th position.last_img read more

Romalho wins second GuyanaNRA Record Shoot

first_imgRifle shooter Leo Romalho staved off a strong challenge from Sherwin Felicien to win his  second Guyana National Rifle Association Record Shoot in as many weeks. Romalho and Felicien each  recorded 116 points but Romalho shot seven V-bulls to Felicien’s five at the event held at the Timehri Rifle Ranges, Yarrowkabra, Linden Soesdyke Highway.Two possible were recorded on the day, veteran Ransford Goodluck recorded one at  the 300-yard range (50.5).Incidentally, Goodluck ended with nine V-bulls, the most on day, 9. The other possible was recorded by Felicien at the 500-yard  rane where he shot 35.0. last_img read more

Guyana-Grenada basketball series set

first_imgThe Guyana Amateur Basketball Federation [GABF] officially launched their Goodwill International Series against Grenada yesterday at the Palm Court Sports Bar, Main Street. The three-match tour, which is slated to commence on December 5th, will be staged at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall, Homestretch Avenue. It is slated to conclude on December 9th. The second match will be staged on the 7th. Guyana is presently ranked 97th globally, with Grenada positioned 117th.GABF President Michael Singh revealed that the series emanated following discussions from between the head-coaches of the respective teams, adding that the event will be utilised to expose the local players and conclude the 2019 season.Meanwhile Head-Coach Junior Hercules stated that while the intention is to win the series, the main objective of the event is to prepare a local core for the impending CBC Champion-ships in 2020, as Guyana’s aim is to successfully repeat their 2018 triumph. According to Hercules, the event presents the perfect opportunity for emerging national players to stake a claim for regular national team berths, adding that the training squad will feature players from the Georgetown, East Coast Demerara, Linden, West Demerara and East Bank Demerara environs.He further added that both teams play a similar fast paced style, while revealing that the first phase of the trials will be conducted at the Burnham Court on Carmichael and Middle Streets.The present training roster comprises Harold Adams [Small Forward], Travis Belgrave [Small Forward], Dave Causeway [Point Guard], Akeem Crandon [Power Forward], Jamal Gilkes [Small Forward], Orlan Glasgow [Small Forward], Yonnick   Tappin [Shooting Guard], Timothy Thompson [Centre], Dominic Vincente [Shooting Guard], Shaine   Webster [Centre], Nikkoloi Smith [Shooting Guard], Kevon Wiggins [Combo Guard], Ray Victor [Combo Guard], Terron Welch [Shooting Guard], Nathan Saul [Shooting Guard], Travis Burnette [Point Guard] and Marlon Chesney [Point Guard]. Also, the Berbice and Bartica regions will also have the opportunity to send their best player for the sessions, while they will also be a slot open for a Wild Card player.  Meanwhile, the GABF will commence their 3×3 U18 Basketball Championship on Sunday at the Burnham Court.The tournament which is slated to be played utilizing a knockout round, will feature 16 teams. The winning four- member team will represent Guyana at the 2020 International Basketball Foundation [IBF] 3×3 Championship in Guadeloupe.last_img read more