Ricky Vargas disqualified from POC presidential race

first_imgSmart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH ABAP president Ricky Vargas (right) during the announcement of Gilas’ final lineup last month. PBA IMAGESTHE PHILIPPINE Olympic Committee’s commission of elections has disqualified boxing’s Ricky Vargas and cycling Bambol Tolentino from running for POC elections.Comelec chair Frank Elizalde said Vargas and Tolentino didn’t meet the required number of General Assembly attendance which was provided on article 7 section 11 of the POC charter.ADVERTISEMENT 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND EDITORS’ PICK Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments MOST READ Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Team ‘Trabaho’ scores championship title at the last leg of Smart Siklab Saya Manila READ: David and Goliath: Vargas versus CojuangcoIt said that the candidate should have attended 50 percent plus one of the total number of GAs the past two years. The POC has GAs once every two months.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agent“This is totally objective observation,” said Elizalde. “I am quoting from a document that’s not been written yesterday, but for a few years. La Salle takes life out of UE for 12th straight win BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise We are young Brad Pitt wins his first acting Oscar as awards get underwaylast_img read more

Building the world’s biggest MPA: Q&A with Goldman winner Jacqueline Evans

first_imgIn July 2017, the South Pacific nation of the Cook Islands made a bold bid to convert its entire territorial waters, the exclusive economic zone (EEZ), into a mixed-use marine protected area.Called Marae Moana, or “sacred ocean,” the MPA spans almost 2 million square kilometers (772,200 square miles), making it the biggest in the world, although only parts of it are strictly protected from fishing and other extractive activities.Jacqueline Evans, a marine conservationist, was the driving force behind the MPA.This week, Evans was awarded a prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize for her work on Marae Moana. This story is part of a series on Marae Moana, the massive, recently enacted multiple-use marine protected area covering the Cook Islands’ entire exclusive economic zone. Other stories in the series:Will a massive marine protected area safeguard Cook Islands’ ocean?Paradise, polluted: Cook Islands tries to clean up its tourism sectorGive it back to the gods: Reviving Māori tradition to protect marine lifeCook Islands MPA leader fired after supporting seabed mining freezeThe South Pacific archipelago of the Cook Islands might seem a diminutive site from which to launch and manage the largest multi-use marine protected area (MPA) on Earth. The country’s land area is only 240 square kilometers (92.7 square miles), and fewer than 15,000 people live there full-time.But the ocean these islands sit within is immense, and their exclusive economic zone (EEZ) spans almost 2 million square kilometers (772,200 square miles) — an area similar in size to the landmass of Mexico. And in Polynesian cultural imaginaries, this ocean is not seen so much as a barrier or boundary, but a source of connection, expansion and sustenance.Seen that way, the country’s bold bid to convert its entire EEZ into a mixed-use MPA in July 2017 — the world’s largest to date — is perhaps less of a surprise. Called Marae Moana, or “sacred ocean,” the initiative is angling for a paradigm shift in how Pacific peoples manage their ocean. Rather than setting aside pockets of protection in an expanse of industry, Marae Moana’s leaders are hoping to run things the other way around: with protection as the rule, rather than the exception.This is significant in a place where foreign commercial fisheries make up an important part of the economy but are impacting local fish stocks, especially when they fish close to the islands’ shores. They’re also criticized for employing few residents and taking the lion’s share of profits overseas. Under Marae Moana, commercial fishing is still permitted in much of the EEZ, but is banned within a 50-nautical-mile (93-kilometer) radius around each island, and fishers will be subject to more stringent environmental regulations than previously.The initial concept for Marae Moana was decidedly more modest. In 2012, Cook Islands Prime Minister Henry Puna announced a much less ambitious proposal: to create an MPA around the archipelago’s southern islands.But many were concerned that the country’s main large-scale commercial fishing grounds in the north were left out. That’s when a team of marine conservation advocates stepped up and began a five-year campaign to broaden protection of the country’s ocean territory. With local celebrity and former rugby league star Kevin Iro fronting the campaign, much of the legwork was done by marine conservationist Jacqueline Evans.Jacqueline Evans. Image courtesy of Goldman Environmental Prize.Evans, 48, grew up in New Zealand and moved to the Cook Islands, where her mother was from, when she was 15. She’s spent most of her career in various corners of the close-knit Cook Islands conservation scene, beginning as a fisheries surveillance officer for the Ministry of Marine Resources and then working in various posts at the Cook Islands Conservation Service, the Cook Islands News, the World Wide Fund for Nature and the Ministry of Health. Before devoting herself full-time to Marae Moana in 2014 with the Marae Moana Establishment Trust, she was the director of the country’s first environmental NGO, the Te Ipukarea Society.During the five-year campaign, Evans traveled widely across the archipelago with a team comprising traditional leaders and representatives of NGOs and governments to build public support for the Marae Moana concept. She sought to integrate community priorities and traditional marine management practices such as ra’ui, a system of taboos and protections over particular areas and/or species determined by community chiefs.Despite opposition and skepticism, especially from government officials who were dependent on fishing licenses for revenue, the campaigners were ultimately successful. Marae Moana was brought into law on July 13, 2017. Since then, Evans, as director of the Marae Moana Coordination Office, has been working on planning and implementing the MPA.On April 29, Evans was announced as one of six recipients of the Goldman Environmental Prize — a prestigious global award for grassroots environmentalists often called the “Green Nobel Prize” — for her work on preserving marine biodiversity and protecting Cook Islands traditions. We caught up with her just before the awards were announced to find out more about her work so far and her hopes for the future.Map shows the Marae Moana mixed-use marine protected area, which covers the Cook Islands entire territorial waters, an area of almost 2 million square kilometers (772,200 square miles). Within Marae Moana are more strictly protected areas around each of the 15 islands, where commercial fishing and seabed mining are prohibited. Image courtesy of Mara Moana Coordination Office.Mongabay: How does it feel to win the prize?Jacqueline Evans: Oh, it’s actually surreal. It’s really strange having so much attention focused on me!What do you feel particularly proud of, in terms of what the prize recognizes?I’m particularly proud of the fact that the communities in the Cook Islands are super happy that they’ve got these protected areas established around their islands … These are 50-mile zones around each island where the long-line and purse seiner fishing boats cannot go fishing. That’s really good for the communities at home. [Editor’s note: Locals will still be able to fish there and will benefit from increased fish stocks.]You’ve been involved in Marae Moana since its inception. Whose baby was it originally, yours or Kevin Iro’s?[Laughs] It’s a shared baby, but it was actually his idea. [He was a] rugby league star overseas, and then he moved home with his family and got really concerned about the state of our marine environment. And he was also sitting on the Board of Tourism, so he saw this as a way to help protect our marine environment and draw some attention [to the country].So then I got on board. He’s a visionary and he’s got celebrity status, but I’m from the environmental science perspective. And I could see how I could help him to make it happen.What was challenging about getting the MPA scaled up to the size that it is today?The scale-up from the initial proposal wasn’t too difficult. Because it was actually the community that asked for that, and the government listened. Even the government officials thought that it made sense, that if it was a multiple-use area, it should be the entire ocean territory.I guess the main challenge we had in terms of closing areas for fishing was the lack of vision that some people had. They couldn’t see the benefits that go up against the negative side, which is loss of some revenue and smaller fishing grounds.An aerial view of Penrhyn, the northernmost island in the Cook Islands, photographed in 1995. Image by EwanSmith via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0).How did you get past that?Some people, it was just a matter of getting them more involved and helping them to see the potential, and then they really came on board … There are only a few who still oppose it really, because there was so much support from community. And the government was listening to that and trying to have balance as well, between raising revenue from fishing vessels and answering the needs of the communities and traditional leaders in terms of conservation. In the end, they found that they struck that balance and agreed to close off 16percentof our ocean territory [from commercial fishing].What role did international NGOs like Conservation International play in helping make Marae Moana happen?They helped in terms of drawing some attention [to the initiative]. They were also really good in terms of talking to people in high places. So they introduced us to people that could help, made some videos for us, and gave us quite a lot of funding to get us started.Fish don’t care about territorial boundaries. How does Marae Moana fit into the bigger picture of Pacific Ocean management?Well, our Ministry of Marine Resources has been working on that for a long time, trying to establish conservation measures for tuna species in the Pacific region. Tuna has to be managed at the regional level.I think, though, that this protected area actually complements what they’re doing, especially the fishing exclusion zones where you’ve got a lot of biodiversity congregating around the islands. You’ve got marine turtles going there to nest. You’ve got sea birds that go out foraging as well as whales that come in this area to have their calves. It’s a really important place to protect the marine environment.Some people say, “Well, you’re just concentrating the efforts of the fishing vessels within our EEZ,” and it’s not true, because we also have boundaries that are shared with international waters. [Fishing vessels] can also follow the fish out to there.We think that closing off areas around our islands is actually giving our fish a chance to spawn before they’re caught. [Some] fish are opportunistic spawners.Where are you at now with implementing Marae Moana?Now that the legislation has passed, it’s a really critical time. Especially having a multiple-use MPA, where there is still some economic activity allowed in most of the EEZ, it’s really important that we get the implementation right.We’ve been working on our regulations in terms of the institutional arrangements that have been established under the Marae Moana Act: that’s the Marae Moana Council and the technical advisory group. We want to make sure those groups are operating in a transparent and democratic manner, so that NGOs and traditional leaders have equal say together with government agencies to manage the ocean resources. So we’ve been working on those … procedural regulations, as well as putting together some marine spatial planning procedures.Next step is to begin collecting data on our deep ocean environment, and to create a marine spatial plan that will protect areas of the deep seabed and biodiversity, as well as other areas that might potentially in the future be exploited for mineral resources. There is a potential for that happening, but at the moment we’re working to collect data on biodiversity so that we can see what exists there and what species are important to protect. I mean, all of them are important to protect, but there are places where there is nothing living at 6 kilometers [3.7 miles] deep. So we want to go out and find out what is there.Yes, because there is quite a lot of interest in seabed mining for manganese, isn’t there?That’s right. Manganese nodules. It’s really strange, it’s a paradoxical thing: the minerals in the manganese nodules that people are wanting to mine, well the main mineral is cobalt— and cobalt is needed in batteries for electric cars. So on one hand, we’re trying to be more sustainable by converting to electric cars rather than burning fossil fuels, and on the other hand, some of the minerals and elements that we need for this new technology requires mining somewhere. That’s the irony, I guess.And I imagine it’s pretty tempting as an economic option for the Cook Islands, too?Yeah, yeah. We don’t have very many resources. Then again, tourism is an important industry for us and if it’s managed right, it could be something that sustains us in the future. People do say, “Well, what about if tourism goes down?” But we’ve only ever had tourism increasing. There has been the odd year that we have less [sic] tourists arrive and it does hurt businesses, but I think we’ve got to plan smarter for those situations where there might be a downturn in the global economy and we’ll get less visitors. I think tourism is potentially a sustainable source of income.Jacqueline Evans speaks with a fisherman. Image courtesy of Goldman Environmental Prize.How is the monitoring and policing going? Obviously it’s a huge area to patrol.This is something that the Pacific Island countries have been working on for some time with foreign fisheries agencies: monitoring and surveillance. The region has required that fishing vessels must have satellite transponders on their boats, so that we can monitor by satellite their activities. And you can tell from the data… what they’re doing: whether they’re fishing or whether they’re just sailing through your waters.That’s the visual monitoring system, but we also have patrol boats and that works together with aerial surveillance. We have the New Zealand Air Force helping us as well as the Australian Air Force and the U.S. and French surveillance. They fly over our zones to look for fishing vessels and notify our patrol boats when they see something that shouldn’t be there or doing something they shouldn’t be doing.Is it common that that happens?I really don’t have that sort of data. It’s actually the Ministry of Marine Resources that has all of that … But it’s public information that we’ve caught some boats that are doing things they shouldn’t be, and they’ve had to pay millions of [New Zealand] dollars in fines. There have been court cases and settlements as well. It’s not very often that we hear about that. The Ministry of Marine Resources tells me that they don’t often have breaches, even within our exclusion zone within our ocean territory.How does this large-scale plan affect community leaders’ rights to impose ra’ui over certain areas or species?That forms part of the overall framework. We have Marae Moana covering all of our ocean territory, and then at the smaller scale … we have the ability for local government or local communities to establish marine spatial plans around their islands, and those plans can include areas that are ra’ui … It’s just a matter of supporting communities with enforcement of those ra’ui areas.What’s next on your list? Where are you going to focus your energy on in the next couple of years?We are hoping to get more information about our biodiversity of the deep ocean. We know so little about what is living here. That would be a big focus because it requires a lot of time to be able to do that. We need to have access to vessels and vehicles that can reach 6 kilometers in depth, so we’re hoping to form partnerships with people that can help us. That would be the main thing.What motivates you to continue doing this kind of work?I really have a lot of concern about what we’re going to leave our children. I’m a mum. I have a son. He’s 21 years of age. I do worry about what we’re leaving our kids. What kind of a planet we’re leaving for them. I think that that’s really what drives me. And also just a love of the ocean. I love our animals and I love to be in the water and I want to leave the planet just as clean— if not cleaner— than we found it.Jacqueline Evans. Image courtesy of Goldman Environmental Prize.Editor’s note: This interview has been edited for length and clarity. Monica Evans is a freelance writer, researcher and community development practitioner. She lives in a small town on New Zealand’s wild West Coast. (She and Jacqueline Evans are not related.) Clarification 5/3/19: At the request of Jacqueline Evans, a line in this interview has been adjusted to clarify that only some fish are opportunistic spawners.Update 9/30/19: In late September, 2019, the Cook Islands’ government dismissed Jacqueline Evans as director of the Marae Moana coordination office, apparently because of her support for a 10-year moratorium on seabed mining, according to stories in the Cook Islands News.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the editor of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page. Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored Article published by Rebecca Kesslercenter_img Animals, Biodiversity, Conservation, Environment, Environmental Activism, Environmental Heroes, Fish, Fisheries, Happy-upbeat Environmental, Marine, Marine Animals, Marine Biodiversity, Marine Conservation, Marine Mammals, Marine Protected Areas, Oceans, Prizes, Wildlife last_img read more

Sagicor offers up El Clasico trip

first_imgSagicor Bank, through its partnership with the official sponsor of the International Champions Cup, Mastercard, is giving a lucky client a chance to see ‘El Clasico’, a match between Real Madrid and FC Barcelona in Miami on July 29.By spending a minimum of $5000, inclusive of GCT, during the promotional period of May 26 and June 30, 2017, all Sagicor Bank Standard, Gold and Platinum Mastercard credit card cardholders will get one step closer to experiencing all the football action live and seeing some the world’s top football stars up close and personal. The prize package includes airfare and hotel accommodation, a shopping experience and an exclusive VIP party at the Hard Rock Hotel.Clients get an additional entry with every $5000 spent and can also earn one reward point for every J$100 or US$1 spent, which can be redeemed for cashback, investment options, travel and hotel and gift cards. Sagicor Bank has also partnered with CaribShopper, an online shopping platform, to give clients even more chances to be entered into the promotion. With each subsequent purchase on caribshopper.com, clients will receive an additional entry.According to Nicole Campbell, marketing manager of Sagicor Bank, Cards & Channels: “Sagicor Bank is pleased to be partnering with Mastercard on this promotion as we look forward to giving one of our valued clients an experience of a lifetime.”The 2017 International Champions Cup (ICC) will feature the best slate of teams, match-ups and venues in the tournament’s history. The fifth instalment of the ICC will make 15 stops from America to Asia, including a new destination in Southeast Asia – Singapore.last_img read more

Gilas set for 3 closed-door tune up games ahead of SEA Games

first_imgNaomi Osaka out of WTA Finals due to injured right shoulder Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) The Philippines has won the men’s basketball gold in the SEA Games since 1991.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee 2 village execs nabbed in Bohol buy-bust LATEST STORIES Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Making the most of its limited practice time, Gilas Pilipinas is slated to play three tune-up games for the next three Mondays, according to head coach Tim Cone.Cone said Gilas will play Alab Pilipinas on November 4 and 11 before taking on an import-led Taiwanese side on November 18.ADVERTISEMENT ‘People evacuated on their own’ MOST READ No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Keeping his cards close to his chest, Cone said the three exhibitions will be played behind closed doors.“I don’t know how to tell you this, we have a practice game on the 4th against Alab. But It’s going to be—and I’m sorry—a closed game. We’re not gonna allow crowd, fans, or press until after the game is over,” Cone said after wrapping up practice Monday night at Meralco Gym.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4“We’re trying to keep our range tight. We know the people are out there scouting us. And we also want to have total focus cause our time is so short. We want to have total focus on coming in and playing and working against the Alab team and not having to worry about playing for the crowd, playing for you guys or trying to look good or whatever. We’re trying to do the work. That’s why we’re closing that game out.”The national team pool is now in its crucial stretch of preparations for the Southeast Asian Games, which will be held in the country later this year. Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study DSWD Bicol donates P1.5M worth of food packs for Taal eruption evacuees ‘Gago’ 400 evacuees from Taal eruption take refuge in Mt. Banahaw Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

We need to earn more foreign currency

first_imgDear EditorWhile growing plantain and making plantain chips would replace imported plantain chips and save a little foreign currency it would not replace the foreign currency lost through the “downsizing” of Guyana’s sugar industry.While the APNU+AFC Government of President David Granger focuses on saving foreign exchange, it is not focused on gaining foreign currency.This Government has not really thought about Guyana’s oil potential.It has been nearly three years now since oil was discovered offshore Guyana, and we have only had one major investment forum to attract investors to Guyana.Clearly, what the Government can do is to market Guyana’s oil potential a bit better, by travelling abroad to sensitise most of the major oil producing countries to our oil potential — which it has not done.It is good that we have oil, but if we are not going to market and sell the oil, but wait for foreigners to do it for us, then Guyana would remain underdeveloped.It is not just about oil. It is about using the oil discovery to market our other industries, like rice, sugar, bauxite, gold, fisheries, timber, etc. It is about marketing Guyana’s potential.Yours faithfullySean Orilast_img read more

Richter Tips the

first_img He does have hair in abundance, evoking comparisons to Samson, the biblical figure who allegedly slew an entire army with a donkey’s jawbone, getting strength from his unshaven head. “I do kind of have that Samson thing going on,” Richter said. “The whole `my hair gives me strength’ sort of thing.” Or it could be the bacon. “My sophomore year, we were at a Stanford passing league and my dad brought a plate of bacon to my hotel room when I was in the shower,” Richter said. “My teammates were there and thought it was funny, and the whole bacon thing stuck.” Ever since, on Aug. 25, Richter’s birthday, bacon and cake has been staples for him and his teammates. By Dave Thorpe STAFF WRITER At 6-foot-5, 270 pounds, El Segundo senior Trevor Richter is agile and strong, capable of having a dominating season as a tackle on both sides on the ball. But there is some question as to where his strength comes from. It’s been narrowed down to two distinct possibilities. Richter gets his strength either from his hair, or from bacon. “It gives us strength for practice,” Richter said. “It’s our thing.” Whether it’s his hair or his affinity for bacon, Richter has become a menace to opposing linemen. This season, Richter will play the same position, defensive tackle, for the second year in a row for the first time. Richter worked a lot at defensive tackle in various summer camps and his familiarity with the position has him more confident than ever. “I worked a lot on pass rush in summer camps,” Richter said. “I know what I’m doing now. I do more things instinctively now.” As a sophomore, his first year on varsity, Richter played tight end and defensive end. He was an all-league selection as a defensive end. El Segundo coach Steve Shevlin moved him to defensive tackle as a junior. “That’s where we needed help,” Shevlin said. “And I’m keeping him there this season. He’s a force on the inside.” On offense, Richter moved from tight end to guard last year. Now he’s playing left tackle for the first time. “His size and speed are fantastic,” Shevlin said. “He’ll be very good against pass-rushing ends. He’s done a great job adjusting to the outside position.” Richter and former El Segundo left tackle Randy Gerber (El Camino College) worked with personal trainer Evan Pilgrim in the offseason. Pilgrim, a former lineman at BYU who spent five seasons in the NFL, had them running in a 5-feet-deep pool. “It’s helped with my speed,” Richter said. Richter is being recruited by several schools, including UCLA, Arizona State, Arizona, Washington and San Jose State. “My goal is to be able to go to UCLA,” Richter said. “They like me as an offensive player. They showed some interest, but it’s been quiet for a while. San Jose State likes me for the defensive line.” Richter likes playing on the defensive side of the ball better. “I kind of prefer defense because I feel more confident and play more instinctively there,” he said. However, if the Bruins come calling, he said it would be hard to turn them down. Shevlin said he could definitely see Richter playing on the offensive line in college. “He’s very quick for how big he is, and he has long arms, which helps him create separation,” Shevlin said. “He could play tight end or somewhere on the offensive line at the next level.” For now, Richter is simply looking to help El Segundo reach the CIF playoffs and win some games if it gets there. Last year, the Eagles finished 6-5, 3-2 in the Pioneer League, and lost to Serra, 14-10, in the first round of the Western Division playoffs. “I want to help the team get further in CIF; I want to get selected to the Lions All-Star Team and I want to be an All-CIF selection,” he said. Richter describes himself as an outgoing guy who likes to joke around. He says he’s a leader, but not the kind who will tell guys what to do. Shevlin said Richter has the right attitude and work ethic to achieve his goals. “He’s kind of a free spirit who loves to play and work out with his teammates,” Shevlin said. “He loves to get after it.” Just don’t give the guy a donkey’s jawbone. dave.thorpe@dailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Ronaldo joins Leeds United… no, not THAT one!

first_imgLeeds United have completed the signing of Ronaldo.The Yorkshire club have confirmed they have added 17-year-old Ronaldo Vieira Nan to their youth ranks – not either of his two famous namesakes.The teenage talent has been on trial at the Championship side and impressed coaching staff enough to earn a two-year scholarship.The Portugal-born youngster came through the i2i Sports Football Agency in York before coming to the attention of Uwe Rosler’s side. 1 Uwe Rosler last_img

Rangers Colts handed trip to NI in Challenge Cup draw

first_imgInverness Caledonian Thistle play host to Greenock Morton in what looks to be the pick of the ties, while Kelty Hearts will welcome Solihull Moors to New Central Park.Stenhousemuir have been drawn at home against 2017/18 semi-finalists The New Saints and Airdrieonians will see Bohemians visit the Excelsior Stadium. Formartine United will play Glenavon in Pitmedden. Four Scottish sides will be travelling over the border for their Challenge Cup third round fixtures after the draw for the competition was made on Wednesday.After two rounds of the competition had narrowed down the field of Scottish entrants, the third round includes two sides from England’s National League, two from the NIFL Premiership, two representatives from the Welsh Premier League and two from the League of Ireland Premier Division. Rangers Colts have been drawn to face Ballymena in Northern Ireland, while Hearts Colts face a trip to Waterford. Cove Rangers’ reward for progress in the competition is a trip to face Connah’s Quay Nomads, who defeated Kilmarnock in Europa League qualifying.Ayr United have been drawn to face Wrexham in Wales.last_img read more

Sligo athletes claim a number of medals at community games finals

first_imgUnder 12 Girls Freestyle Liadan Ruddy Cornageeha / St Ann’sUnder 16 Freestyle Danielle Farrell Cornageeha / St Ann’sUnder 16 Boys Butterfly Mouric McSharry Cliffoney/GrangeUnder 8 Boys Art Kieran Devanarayannan BallymoteUnder 10 Boys Art Kevin Devanarayannan BallymoteUnder 12 Girls Model Making Charlenne Sariwardane DrumcliffeUnder 14 Boys Model Making Joe Campbell DrumcliffeGroup Dance Irish Contemporary Under 12  RiverstownTable Tennis girls Under 13 BunninaddenQuiz Under 14 DrumcliffeProject Under 11 RossespointUnder 16 Marathon Team of Michael Morgan St Mary’s, Aaron Brennan Ballymote, Barry Clavin Mullinabreena, Kenneth Mulrooney EnniscroneSilver MedalsDuathlon  Under 14 Nicola Dunleavy DrumcliffeUnder 8 Boys Freestyle Mattheew O’Grady Skreen/DromardUnder 14 Boys Butterfly Ronan Kilcoyne    CooleraUnder 16 Boys Model Making Sean Woods BallymoteTable Tennis Under 16 Boys BunninaddenDraughts Under 12 CoolaneyDraughts Under 14 CoolaneyBronze MedalsUnder 16 Girls Art Rayann Tighe St MichaelsTable Tennis Under 13 Boys RossespointIndoor Soccer Under 13 Boys RiverstownMixed Distance Relay 14 Boys – Oisin Brennan Ballymote, Joe Campbell Drumcliffe, Ben Clavin Mullinabreena, Rian O’Callaghan Drumcliffe, Patrick O’Connor St Feichins,Under 13 Boys Swimming Squad RossespointUnder 11 Mini Rugby Rossespoint4th Place MedalsMarathon Under 16 Boys Aaron Brennan BallymoteModel Making Under 16 Girls Aisling Doherty St FeichinsModel Making Under 10 Boys Ross Campbell DrumcliffeChoir Under 13 Girls Cornageeha/ St Ann’sMini RugbyA special prize of an International Referees Jersey was presented to Andrew Ryan Rossespoint by George Clancy International Referee for Fair Play, Sportsmanship and Respect for the Game. There were plenty of medals won by athletes from Sligo at the annual Community Games national finals at the University of Limerick over the weekend.Gold Medal winners Marathon Under16 Michael Morgan St Mary’slast_img read more

WordPress 3.9: What To Do If You Have Issues After Updating

first_imgWordPress 3.9 “Smith” was released yesterday, with several new updates, including enhancements focused on making it easier for you to edit and add content. Named for jazz organist Jimmy Smith, WordPress 3.9 is available for download or you can update through Dashboard > Updates.Check out the WPTavern post for a description of the new features and enhancements in WordPress 3.9. But what happens if you have issues after updating and need to troubleshoot? Where do you go? What do you start with?First, I’m assuming you took steps to backup your site before updating WordPress. Backing up your database and all your theme and plugin files is essential so you can return the site back to its original state before updating. Second, visit the WordPress 3.9 master list which contains great information and tips for troubleshooting. The 3.9 master list is a gold mine, with recommendations to read what’s in version 3.9, updates on known issues with themes and plugins found in 3.9, and known “oopsies”. I visited the page last night when one of my Twitter followers tweeted about an issue after updating to 3.9. And I visited this morning to see a couple new updates to the page. Shoutout to Jan Dembrowski for doing a great job keeping the master page current. Third, before you post an issue in the WordPress forums, follow Jan’s recommendations to:Troubleshoot in your browser to identify any JavaScript issuesFlush your caching plugins. Also clear your server/browser cacheDeactivate all your plugins. Reactivate the plugins one-by-one to determine which plugin is causing the issue.Switch to the Twenty Fourteen theme to rule out any theme-specific problemsUpgrade manuallyMost WordPress updates work without any problem, but if you run into issues, the steps I’ve described should help you find and resolve the issue quickly. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedThe 5 Most Popular Posts for 2014Like many others, I’m finishing off 2014 with a review of my work, and that includes a review of the posts I’ve published for 2014. I’ve learned a lot this year about working on the web, and shared what I discovered with you. In no particular order, here are the…In “Blogging”Share Your Favorite WordPress Plugin: WP RollbackImagine you log into your WordPress site and notice in the dashboard that you have a plugin update notification. You know it’s important to always stay current with the latest version. So you select the “update” link for the plugin. Only to see the new update has caused issues on…In “WordPress”Weekly Roundup of Web Design and Development Resources: April 18, 2014It’s been quite a week of weather for us in southeast Michigan, from three inches of snow and temperatures in the teens, to sunny skies and warm temperatures almost reaching 70 degrees. And we beat the record! I can now say I survived the snowiest winter in Detroit (since they…In “Web design & development links”last_img read more