WWF, Prado Museum use art to depict impact of climate change

first_imgNiños en la playa (Boys on the Beach) by Joaquín Sorolla now depicts the extinction of species. (1 – MUSEO DEL PRADO), (2- WWF SPAIN/MUSEO DEL PRADO) El quitasol (The Parasol) by Francisco de Goya is doctored to reflect the social drama of climate refugees. (1 – MUSEO DEL PRADO), (2 – WWF SPAIN/MUSEO DEL PRADO) CONSERVATION group WorldWide Fund for Nature (WWF ) and the Prado Museum have joined forces toraise the alarm on the impact of climate change, as political leaders anddiplomats meet at the COP25 climate change summit in Madrid, Spain. COP25 ends on Dec. 13. (BBC) Theconference was due to be held in Chile, but was cancelled by the governmentthere following weeks of civil disturbances, and is being hosted by Spaininstead.center_img Together they selected four masterpieces from thePrado collection to highlight the environmental consequences of variousphenomena attributed to climate change. Joachim Patinir’s El paso de la laguna Estigia (Landscape with Charon Crossing the Styx) becomes an illustration of the impact of extreme drought on river and crops. (1 – MUSEO DEL PRADO), (2- WWF SPAIN/MUSEO DEL PRADO) Felipe IV a Caballo (Philip IV on Horseback) by Diego Velázquez is used to highlight the issue of rising sea levels. ( 1 – MUSEO DEL PRADO), (2 – WWF SPAIN/MUSEO DEL PRADO)last_img read more

NFF commends minister, submits report on teams’ outings

first_imgRelatedPosts Minister gives condition for resumption of contact sports Minister pledges support for development of AI, robotics in Nigeria NSF 2020: Sports minister raises fresh hope The Nigeria Football Federation has hailed the move of the Minister of Sports, Sunday Akin Dare, to request for a report on the performances of the various national teams in recent weeks, just as the football governing body submitted the requested report on Monday.The President of the NFF stated this on Tuesday when he submitted the report.He said: “It was a good move by the Honourable Minister to request for the report. As he said, there has to be stock-taking and after that, accountability. The NFF is enamoured by the move and we have submitted the requested report.“For us, there is nothing to hide. We have detailed all the issues and the forces at play, and explained that in so much as these tournaments are important; they are mainly and strategically developmental. Even at that, we approach every match/tournament with the intention of winning, but it is practically and absolutely impossible based on indices, records and scientific laws of probability.In a 15-page letter signed by Pinnick, the NFF detailed issues of funding (inadequacy and late release of same) and the toxic and disruptive environment in which it has had to operate for the past 18 months (with the Federation’s leadership and brand falsely and maliciously dragged from one investigative agency to the other and from one court to the other on same baseless allegations) as core reasons for the poor outings of the Super Falcons, CHAN Eagles, Golden Eaglets and Olympic Eagles in recent international matches/tournaments.Pinnick also stated that the best performance indicator for any country in international football is the A team, in this case Super Eagles, which in recent times drew with five-time world champions Brazil and Ukraine in friendlies, and defeated Benin Republic and Lesotho in 2021 AFCON qualifying matches. These, after finishing third at the first-ever 24-team AFCON in Egypt this year summer. Moreover, a high number of the players in the present Super Eagles squad passed through the various developmental teams, showing that Nigeria is moving in the right direction.The NFF went ahead to map out strategies for better results going forward, including but not limited to a revamp of the NFF Technical Department; improved supervision of the teams by the NFF Technical Committee; open and transparent process to select new head coaches for the teams affected; early preparation and prioritization of tournaments; synergy between the Ministry and the NFF to get approved funds released early enough for adequate preparation of teams participating in major matches and competitions; and to work even harder at securing partners and sponsors to support the programmes of the national teams.Tags: NFFSunday Darelast_img read more

Mbappe rejects new PSG deal

first_imgRelatedPosts Neymar risks seven-game ban, Gonzalez 10 Neymar ‘super happy’ to return to training with PSG Mbappe tests positive for coronavirus Paris Saint-Germain have reportedly failed with their latest attempt to extend the contract of Kylian Mbappe.Despite the World Cup winner still having two-and-a-half years on his existing deal, PSG are aware that Real Madrid are ready to make an approach for the France international.Sporting director Leonardo has frequently ruled out the possibility of the 20-year-old joining a new club during the summer transfer window.However, according to Marca, the forward continues to insist that he will not pen fresh terms at Parc des Princes.The report claimed that there is now concern regarding the player’s attitude at the Ligue 1 giants, potentially increasing the chances of a sale in 2020.Mbappe has reacted indifferently when being substituted in PSG’s last two Ligue 1 games against Nantes and Montpellier HSC.Tags: Paris Saint-Germainlast_img read more

Moyes set to meet United squad

first_imgDavid Moyes is set to meet the Manchester United squad on Monday morning as he begins the task of following in Sir Alex Ferguson’s footsteps. Moyes was due to meet United players and staff at Carrington for the first time in order to outline his plans for the future. Although he does not officially start work until July 1, realistically, that start date is impractical as United head on tour on July 10 and return to pre-season training before then. Moyes will also have to decide which areas of the present squad he needs to improve. It is a tricky position for the outgoing Everton boss. On one hand it would be natural for Moyes to insist on making his own mark, and having people he knows well around him. On the other, the 50-year-old will be loath to unsettle a system that has proved to be so successful for so long. He should at least meet a group of players in high spirits following Sunday’s incredible 5-5 draw at West Brom. It was the highest scoring draw in Premier League history and matched a result United have recorded just once, in 1895, when they were still known as Newton Heath. After the crazy 26 years Ferguson has spent at Old Trafford, it seemed a fitting way to go out, although Golden Boot winner Robin van Persie did wish for a “Fergie Time” winner. “I was waiting for some Fergie time at the end,” joked the Dutchman. “It didn’t happen but to score 10 goals was good fun for everyone, so I think the fans are pleased.” Van Persie does not expect the transition to working under Moyes to prove problematic. “Everybody wants to work for each other and share the success and I’m 100 per cent sure that we will play for trophies every year and, hopefully, win a few every year. That’s our standard for this team,” he said. “Of course, we get a new manager next year and everybody is looking forward to that. It’s a new challenge for everyone. We’ll have a nice break now and then we go again.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Leiva ready to step up

first_imgLiverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva is looking to recapture what he considers his best form in two years after recovering from injury. Press Association Lucas’ return to fitness could not have come at a more opportune moment, with captain Steven Gerrard suspended for three matches for his sending off against United, and the Brazilian is hoping to slot back in seamlessly after injury halted what was turning into a good season personally. “I was in a very good moment, probably the best moment in the last couple of years, and I had a good run of games,” he said. “The beginning of the season wasn’t good for me because I couldn’t play much, but as soon as I got back in the team I think I helped a lot. “I don’t know if Stevie’s suspension will change things because the team were playing well, but I need to be ready and there are a lot of games to play and the FA Cup as well, so everyone will be needed. “I need to be ready and if I get a chance again I need to be at the same level I was before I was injured.” Fifth-placed Liverpool head to Arsenal on Saturday knowing they cannot realistically afford to lose if they are to keep pace with the top four, but in addition to Gerrard’s absence they will also be missing centre-back Martin Skrtel, a virtual ever-present this season, after he was retrospectively banned for standing on United goalkeeper David de Gea. “Martin is having a fantastic season again. He has been a very consistent player for us and losing him and Stevie is hard to take, but if you want to be successful you can’t rely on one or two players,” Lucas told liverpoolfc.com. “Both are very important players for us as one can change a game and the other gives us stability at the back, but we have other players as well who can step in. The Brazil international enjoyed a run of 16 starts in 19 matches from late November – which coincided with a marked improvement in the team’s results – until a groin problem in February’s Merseyside derby saw him miss 10 games. He was an unused substitute in the defeat by Manchester United immediately before the international break, their first in the league since mid-December, but played 90 minutes in Sunday’s All-Star Charity game at Anfield. “It’s always been the case for the group that if someone gets injured then someone will step in and do the job. “That’s how it should be and we shouldn’t be afraid we don’t have them. “Of course it’s going to be a big miss not having Stevie and Skrts, but we have to show we can cope for the three games and then we have them back ready to go again.” Lucas rejected the chance to have some time off during the international break in order to make sure he was fully fit for the resumption of the Premier League. “I feel great. Leading up to the Manchester United game I had a full week of training as well, so it’s been two weeks of full training,” he said. “I was available for the Manchester United game, but probably wasn’t able to play the whole game. Now I feel 100 per cent. “Of course it’s good to have a few days off, but I was away in Brazil while I was having my treatment so it was the right decision to stay here and keep working during the international break. “If you get too many days off you don’t get the sharpness and the rhythm of the training session and that’s what I was missing. “I spoke with the staff and they prepared everything for me as well to make me feel as though I’m in good condition, so it’s looking good and hopefully it will only get better. “Now it’s just a question of getting some minutes and training sessions, so that’s what I need and what I’m having. “Leading into the Arsenal game that’s going to be good, because I will have had three full weeks of training and I’m looking forward to it.” last_img read more

USC outdone by Stanford again

first_imgPALO ALTO, Calif. — Senior quarterback Matt Barkley has amassed 29 wins during his Trojan tenure. Much to his dismay, none of those have come against Stanford.History repeats · USC coach Lane Kiffin walks off the field following the Trojans’ defeat at Stanford Stadium. He would later lament during a Sunday media conference call that his offensive line had more missed blocking assignments than “any offensive line group we’ve ever had at any place we’ve been.” – Carlo Acenas | Daily TrojanIn a night plagued by turnovers and inconsistency, No. 13 USC fell to the Cardinal at Stanford Stadium, 21-14. It was the fourth straight time the Trojans have lost to Stanford, making it the only conference foe Barkley has failed to beat in his career.“They played better football than us,” Barkley said. “We were prepared. They outplayed us.”Barkley threw for 254 yards, but also gave up a pair of interceptions and was sacked a season-high four times Saturday. As a team, the Trojans only gained 280 yards in total offense, due in large part to Stanford’s defensive front.“That’s a great front seven,” USC coach Lane Kiffin said. “They’re even better than last year, giving a lot of people a lot of problems.”The Trojans turned the ball over three times during the game and were unable to sack Stanford quarterback Josh Nunes. Though Kiffin gave credit to the Cardinal, he was emphatic in saying a lot of the damage was self-inflicted.“If you turn the ball over like we did … we were fortunate to be ahead seven at the half,” Kiffin said.“We didn’t play with a lot of discipline today.”Things didn’t bode well from the opening kickoff for the Trojans, as Stanford receiver Ty Montgomery ran it back 64 yards. The Trojan defense held, however, and forced the Cardinal into a 47-yard field-goal attempt that was missed by Jordan Williamson.With about 11 minutes left in the first quarter, Barkley connected with freshman receiver Nelson Agholor on a 49-yard pass as pressure mounted. Junior tailback Silas Redd then drove it into the end zone for the game’s first points.As was the theme Saturday, Stanford had an answer. Stanford running back Stepfan Taylor broke away for a 59-yard touchdown run later in the quarter and finished the night with 153 rushing yards. The defense was solid for the majority of the night but was unable to finish the deal.“It’s disappointing,” senior safety T.J. McDonald said. “You never want to lose. I feel like we put everything we had into it [and] we just came up short.”With a minute left in the first quarter, the Trojans went for it on fourth-and-three and converted on a pass to sophomore tight end Randall Telfer. Redd later took it in for his second score of the day on a two-yard toss play with 11 minutes in the half.After Stanford missed another field goal, Barkley was intercepted with a little over a minute remaining in the half. Sophomore linebacker Dion Bailey returned the favor on the very next play, though, intercepting Nunes. It was his third interception of the season.Barkley gave the Cardinal defense another gift, however, and was intercepted on the next play on what looked like an overthrow to Lee. USC’s offense never looked in sync, even later in the game.“I thought we’d come up in the second half, up by seven … I thought we’d come out and start rolling,” Kiffin said. “Unfortunately, we didn’t.”The strong second half Kiffin was hoping for never came, as a personal foul led to a fourth-and-17 punt. Taylor took a screen pass to the end zone at the end of the third quarter to knot the game at 14 heading into the final quarter. The Cardinal then took a 21-14 lead on a 37-yard touchdown pass to tight end Zach Ertz.“I thought [Nunes] played great today,” Kiffin said. “He settled down and really made some big throws and [had] the two big runs … he looked like a veteran out there.”Saturday’s loss is a major blow to the Trojans, who have their eyes set on a BCS title run.But Kiffin insisted otherwise.“It isn’t the end of the world,” he said. “We’ll get back on the plane, go back to work and get better and get ready for a home conference game next week.”Barkley, a three-year team captain, agreed with the sentiment.“Drop [the loss],” Barkley said. “You stick together and you go back to playing Trojan football. You have to just not put the blame on anybody and learn from your mistakes and make sure that you bounce back next week.”The Trojans face California on Saturday at 3 p.m. The game will be available on the Pac-12 Network.last_img read more

Mullinahone manager ready for Loughmore challenge

first_imgSean Fox says being compared to the County champions is a nice complimentYou can hear live updates on both semi-finals this Sunday here on Tipp FM. The two teams will meet in the second County Senior Hurling Semi-Final at Semple Stadium this weekend.That game will throw-in at 3:30, with the other tie between Templederry Kenyons and Thurles Sarsfields preceding it at 2:00.Many have likened Mullinahone to Loughmore, after their wins over Killenaule in the South Final and County Championship, plus their gutsy, comeback victory in the quarter-final against Kildangan.last_img read more

Irish fail to progress at World Swimming Championships

first_imgPhoto: Pixabay Shane Ryan won his 50-metre freestyle heat at the World Championships in Budapest today but still did not progress to the next stage.Brendan Hyland also failed to progress having finished 8th in his heat of the men’s 100-metre butterfly heat.last_img

TSA Delaying Siasia’s Five-month Wages, Says Sanusi

first_imgAdamu: NFF deserves applause for ‘golden’ bronzeDuro IkhazuagbeSecretary-General of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Dr Mohammed Sanusi, has revealed that the five-month salary arrears owed Rio2016 Olympic Games bronze winning coach, Samson Siasia, is caused by the procedures involved in releasing money from the Treasury Single Account (TSA) introduced by the federal government last year.Speaking when Siasia paid a courtesy call on the Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung, in his office in Abuja yesterday, the NFF scribe said that the process was almost complete for the Dream Team VI coach to get all that he is owed. “We have held meetings and we are waiting for the money to drop. The money is already there in our account but we need to regularize the TSA procedures before we can claim the money. We are almost through with the process. Once that is concluded, we will pay them” Sanusi assured Siasia and the minister.Dalung who is expected to be on an NTA Programme Tuesday Live with Siasia this evening to review events leading up to Rio2016 and Nigeria’s participation at the Games, had earlier called on the football federation to pay the Olympic bronze winning coach.Siasia had visited the minister with his wife Eunice to thank him for his support to the Dream Team.Meanwhile, a former Director General of the National Sports Commission, (NSC), Dr. Amos Adamu, has called on the leadership of the NFF to take full responsibility for the bronze medal outing of the Team Nigeria to the Rio Olympics 2016.Adamu noted that, the NFF under the leadership of Amaju Pinnick took a vital decision in sending the Dream Team VI to Atlanta, USA for intensive camping.Even when the minister denied the presence of the team in Atlanta, the NFF continued with the camping exercise. It was this persistence that eventually earned Team Nigeria the only medal at the Rio Olympics.“The truth of the matter is that, if Amaju had waited like the other sports federations’ president for the Sports Ministry’s funds which came two weeks to the Rio Games, to commence serious camping for the Games, the Olympic soccer team wouldn’t have been well prepared to win bronze.“It is imperative that the NFF should stand firm to take the glory for helping Nigeria not to return empty handed from the Rio Olympics just as it was the case at the London 2012 Games.“As little as the bronze medal looks, it is better than nothing. I want to commend the leadership of the NFF for its visionary decision. This will also help the career of the players and officials who are today proud winners of an Olympic medal.“I am in sports and I know how difficult it is to win a medal in the Olympics,” observed Adamu.The former FIFA and CAF Executive Committee member also denied report attributed to him, where he was quoted to have said that the Eagles is doomed following the employment of Gernot Rohr as Technical Adviser of the national team.“Why on earth would I say the Super Eagles is doomed, I never said that.“In the interview I granted a reporter who asked me my opinion about the new Eagles Technical Adviser, I said that the coach is not well known to me and it will be difficult to say anything about his capabilities. I made it clear that it is my policy not to differentiate between foreign or indigenous coach, the most important thing is for whoever is employed as Eagles coach to perform.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Ola Aina Makes Championship Team of the Week

first_imgOla Aina had a game rating of 7.9, making 3 key clearances, one interception and 4 tackles, while also winning 11 of his 18 duels. The wing-back also had a pass accuracy of 70% and completing 3 of his 4 dribbles.The defender is expected in Uyo today were he will team up with the Super Eagles as they begin preparations for the clash against the Chipolopolo of Zambia this Saturday.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Super Eagles’ utility full-back, Ola Aina, has been included in the English Championship’s Team of the Week for Match Day 11 of the current campaign.Aina, who narrowly missed out on a Man-of –the-Match Award last week, starred for the Tigers as they trashed relegation threatened Birmingham 6-1 at the KCOM Stadium to earn their first win in 6 outings.The Eagles’ defender started at the right wing-back and was provider for the third goal which was scored Jarrod Bowen in the 26th minute.last_img read more