Chainsaw Massacre: Protected areas in danger in Brazil’s state of Rondônia (commentary)

first_imgEleven reserves are on the chopping block in Rondônia, as legislators in the notoriously anti-environmental state move to revoke protections in the coming weeks.The 11 protected areas total 3 percent of the state’s total area. Four are desginated as “sustainable development reserves” with traditional communities that would lose their land rights. This would likely increase land conflicts in Rondônia, which already has the highest rate of rural murders of any Brazilian state.This post is a commentary. The views expressed are those of the author, not necessarily Mongabay. One reserve is already gone and ten others are likely to go within the next few weeks when the legislature of one of Brazilian Amazonia’s most anti-environmental states votes on overriding a veto from the state governor. The 11 protected areas total 537,000 hectares (3 percent of the state), and four of them had been created by the Protected Areas of Amazonia (ARPA) program at a cost of R$657,000 (approximately $200,000).The ARPA program is funded by Brazil’s Ministry of Environment (MMA), the Brazilian Fund for Biodiversity (FUNBIO), the World Bank’s Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the German government’s bank for international cooperation (KfW) and agency for cooperation (GTZ), plus the Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF).Locations of the 11 protected areas on the chopping block in the Brazilian state of Rondônia. Image from Bentes, 2018.The 11 protected areas were created by the previous governor on March 20, 2018. One week later, the state legislature, which is dominated by agribusiness interests, unanimously passed a law revoking the 11 reserves. But in July the courts struck down that law. In the meantime, the governor who had created the reserves stepped down in order to run for the Federal Senate.According to the head of state government’s Secretariat for Environmental Development, the members of the state legislature reached an agreement with the new governor: They would release the funds needed to pay the state government’s employees if the governor would approve revoking the largest of the reserves – 178,948-hectare Soldados da Borracha Ecological Station.On the morning of September 25, the governor submitted a bill to the legislature proposing to revoke this reserve. But the legislators immediately attached a rider to the bill also extinguishing the other 10 protected areas, and that same afternoon they approved the law extinguishing all 11 reserves with no debate, as well as no public consultation or technical study. In the speeches celebrating the vote, one of the leaders of the state legislature explicitly stated that the Legislative Assembly is composed of “ruralist deputies who have commitments to society in general in the state of Rondônia, but mainly to agribusiness.”Legislators in Rondônia approving the revocation of the reserves. Image from Bragança, 2018.On October 5, a group of 60 non-governmental organizations petitioned the governor to veto the law in its entirety. On October 16, the governor issued a partial veto, approving revocation of Soldados da Borracha Ecological Station but rejecting the clauses extinguishing the other 10 reserves. The legislative assembly now has 30 working days to vote on overriding the veto. Given the unanimity of previous votes, approval of extinguishing the remaining reserves is virtually assured. The courts may be the final arbitrators.Rondônia is notorious for its high deforestation rates. This state has higher species richness than many parts of Amazonia and is a key region for species loss. Rondônia is also known as one of the states in Brazil’s Amazon region that gives the least attention to the environment. Little forest remains outside of indigenous lands and the “conservation units” that are protected by federal or state environmental agencies.Brazil’s Legal Amazon region showing Rondônia as a heavily deforested state in the “arc of deforestation” along the southern and eastern edges of the Amazon rainforest. Image from Fearnside, 2017.Four of the 11 protected areas to be abolished are “sustainable development reserves” with traditional communities that would lose their land rights, creating even more rural conflicts. Land conflicts already make Rondônia the state with the highest rate of rural murders in Brazil.With the 11 reserves revoked, one can expect little delay before the forest in these areas succumbs to the chainsaws. Article published by Morgan Erickson-Davis 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 A Portuguese-language version of this commentary was published by Amazonia Real.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. Commentary, Crime, Deforestation, Environment, Environmental Politics, Forests, Habitat Destruction, Habitat Loss, Land Conflict, Land Rights, Protected Areas, Rainforests, Tropical Forests last_img read more

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Man Marries Corpse

first_imgA dramatic event unfolded in Grand Bassa County when a man identified as Oliver Joe traditionally legalized his relationship with his late girlfriend identified as Mary Davis before her burial.The marriage was a demand by the deceased’s parents, since their daughter and Mr. Joe lived together as husband and wife before her death.Their union was blessed with eight children in the 32 years they lived together and therefore the deceased’s family said before he could own the children, he must perform the symbolic marriage since he did not marry their mother.The “wedding” between the deceased and the boyfriend, occurred in full view of the deceased’s parents and other citizens in Ceegar Town, in District #2, Grand Bassa County.After the ceremony, the remains of the deceased were turned over to Mr. Joe for burial because he had become the husband after satisfying the traditional requirements for marriage.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Hamilton marks 200th race with Spa success

first_imgIt was the three-time world champion’s third Belgian victory and the 58th of his career, lifting him back into serious contention for the title.Another victory in next Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix could give him the lead for the first time this year.Four-time champion Vettel came home second ahead of Australian Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull, Finn Kimi Raikkonen in the second Ferrari and his compatriot Valtteri Bottas in the second Mercedes.“It’s been a strong weekend for myself and the team,” said Hamilton.“Sebastian put up a great fight, but this is what I said I came to do here and so I did it.”Vettel said: “It was good fun, but it was intense. I was waiting for Lewis to make a mistake – and he didn’t – and he was waiting for me – and I didn’t.“We did a lot better than at Silverstone. And next week is our home race… A good day overall.”After an emotional demonstration lap by Mick Schumacher, 18, to mark the 25th anniversary of his father Michael’s maiden victory at the 1992 Belgian race, there was a keen sense of anticipation ahead of the start.– luckless Verstappen –In perfect, if humid conditions, with an air temperature of 22 degrees and the track at 23, and in front of an estimated 125,000 crowd including an ‘orange army’ of 80,000, Hamilton pulled away from his record-equalling 68th pole position to lead into La Source and resisted Vettel’s attack at Eau Rouge.Hamilton built up an early head of speed.By lap 10, Hamilton was 1.7 seconds clear of Vettel but behind the luckless Max Verstappen, in the second Red Bull, had been forced to retire with another power failure, his sixth early departure in 12 outings.There was an almost audible sigh of despair from the massed Dutch fans all around the circuit.“I can’t believe this,” said the 19-year-old.Winner Mercedes’ British driver Lewis Hamilton celebrates on the podium after the Belgian Formula One Grand Prix at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Spa on August 27, 2017 © AFP / LOIC VENANCEHamilton pitted after 12 laps in 2.3 seconds and rejoined fourth, passing the race lead to Vettel. Almost immediately, Raikkonen, third, was put under investigation for failing to slow for yellow flags – and was hit with a 10-seconds stop-and-go penalty.On fresh tyres, Hamilton made short work of passing the Finn and when Vettel pitted, after Bottas had been in, he was swiftly back into the lead.Vettel resumed in second and after one flying lap cut the Briton’s lead to 0.7 seconds. By lap 18, it was back to 1.5 with Bottas third 6.9 adrift.The two title contenders remained in close contention for several laps until, following another enforced retirement for Fernando Alonso and his powerless McLaren Honda, the Safety Car was deployed on lap 30 following another acrimonious collision between the two Force India cars.Their crash came when Perez appeared to ‘close the door’ on his team-mate Ocon as they exited La Source, the Mexican suffering a puncture and Ocon a damaged front wing.Racing resumed on lap 33, Hamilton streaking away before Vettel stormed back to attack through Eau Rouge and up the hill towards Les Combes – the pair running almost side by side as the stubborn Englishman resisted and kept his lead.Having survived the re-start, Hamilton rebuilt his lead to 1.6 seconds with eight laps remaining, but team-mate Bottas fell to fifth behind Ricciardo and Raikkonen.Vettel persevered, closing the gap to a second. “What sector is the faster?” asked an anxious Hamilton, the pair lapping in almost identical times. With four remaining, his lead was 1.170 seconds.The tension was palpable on Mercedes’ foot-twitching pit wall, but Hamilton extended his lead to 1.4 seconds with two laps to go and pulled further clear on his final lap to win by 2.3 seconds.Nico Hulkenberg finished sixth for Renault with Romain Grosjean of Haas and Felipe Massa of Williams completing the top eight.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Mercedes’ British driver Lewis Hamilton competes to win ahead of Ferrari’s German driver Sebastian Vettel during the Belgian Formula One Grand Prix at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Spa on August 27, 2017 © AFP / Emmanuel DUNANDSPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium, Aug 27 – Lewis Hamilton completed his 200th Grand Prix in victorious style on Sunday when he claimed a much-needed win for Mercedes to trim Sebastian Vettel’s championship lead to seven points.The 32-year-old Briton made the most of his record-equalling 68th pole position to take the lead, but had to survive some concerted attacks from Vettel’s Ferrari before emerging triumphant for the fifth time this season.last_img read more

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Celebrity injustice

first_imgIt’s a fact of life that famous and powerful people are often given special treatment wherever they go – including jail or the back of the police car. But the lengths to which Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies went to help out actor Mel Gibson when he was arrested for drunk driving in Malibu in 2006 went beyond just unfair to a violation of policy. That was the conclusion of Michael Gennaco, chief attorney for the Office of Independent Review, who launched a review of the department’s handling of celebrities after the furor of Gibson’s arrest and Paris Hilton’s stay in county jail last spring. Gennaco is still investigating the details of Hilton’s brief jail stint to find whether she got more than Cokes and kind words from the staff. But this report makes it clear there’s a double standard for celebrities. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson“I don’t believe we do treat them specially,” sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore said in defense. “I think we treat them differently.” Despite the creative semantics, few people are driven to the tow-truck yard to retrieve their impounded car by deputies after they are arrested, as Gibson was. And for all its denials, the Sheriff’s Department is creating new protocols for celebrity arrests so that deputies know what is acceptable and what is not. Los Angeles is an unusual place, in that it has a large concentration of celebrities. And like any aggregate population, there will be some who break the law. Regular folks understand that authorities will have to use extra resources to deal with their famous arrestees, such as extra protection from the paparazzi. But there’s a fine line between accommodating special needs to laying out the red carpet, and that line should be made clear. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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MUM OF SUICIDE GIRLS LAUNCHES LEGAL PROCEEDINGS AGAINST SCHOOL AUTHORITIES

first_imgThe mother of two teenage sisters who took their own lives has officially launched legal proceedings against school authorities.The late Erin and Shannon GallagherTragic Lorraine Gallagher is suing Donegal Vocational Education Committee following the death of her daughter Erin, 13.Erin took her life in October last year amidst claims that she was being bullied at school and online. Erin was a secondary school pupil at Finn Valley College in Stranorlar.Her older sister Shannon, 15, also took her life just a few weeks later saying she could not go on without Erin.Lorraine has now launched legal proceedings against Donegal Vocational Education Committee (now Donegal Education Training Board).Ms Gallagher, 37, is claiming damages for mental distress pursuant to the civil liabilities act. Her legal team claims the school failed in its duty of care to provide a “controlled, monitored, safe, supervised working environment” for Erin.The family’s solicitor Patsy Gallagher confirmed that he has now served legal papers on the Donegal ETB.It is also understood that further proceedings are being prepared to be served on another local authority.“The necessary papers have been served on their legal representatives,” confirmed Mr Gallagher.Meanwhile Ms Gallagher is preparing to mark the first anniversary of the death of her eldest daughter Shannon later this month. In October Lorraine marked the first anniversary of her youngest daughter Erin.Lorraine said she knows she has to continue living and fighting for the memory of her two daughters.“The two girls loved their only brother Sean James and now he has a new brother Lennon.“The girls would have loved the two little boys and watching them growing up. “My doctor told me that I cannot live for the dead but I can live for the living and that’s what I intend to do for my boys.“I know nothing I can do can ever bring back Erin and Shannon but I will never forget them and I know they would want me to give Sean James and Lennon the best lives I can,” she said.MUM OF SUICIDE GIRLS LAUNCHES LEGAL PROCEEDINGS AGAINST SCHOOL AUTHORITIES was last modified: December 3rd, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Erin Gallagherlegal proceedingsLOrraine Gallaghershannon gallagherSolicitor Patsy Gallagherlast_img read more

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Healthy employees get healthy raise

first_imgSANTA FE SPRINGS – Maintaining sound health and fitness pays off – literally – in Santa Fe Springs. About 225 full-time Santa Fe Springs employees recently completed and passed an annual health exam that entitles them to keep a 5.5 percent salary increase the city uses as an incentive to keep its employees fit and healthy, city officials announced Wednesday. The one-time wage hike is part of a voluntary program aimed at keeping employees healthy and on the job. City Clerk Barbara Earl said she became more health-conscious after being hired by Santa Fe Springs in 2001. But passing the annual health screening is not a walk in the park. Participants have to provide proof that they are nonsmokers, complete a health questionnaire and pass a physical test of cardiovascular endurance, flexibility and strength training. The annual test can be rigorous, Earl said, and its minimum requirements vary from person to person. For example, employees who have a physical handicap or health ailments that would deter them from taking the test in its standard format can take a modified version of the exam. But there is a clear incentive for doing well on the test. “If you pass the test, you keep your money,” Garcia said. “If you fail, you lose it completely.” Program participants take staying active seriously, Earl said. Many employees use their daily breaks as an opportunity for a 15-minute walk or a short workout, she said. “You can’t rush fitness into a month,” said Earl. “That’s the goal of this program, is to stay aware of your physical health the whole way through so we’re prepared for the test.” araceli.esparza@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3024160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event“The obvious \ the 5.5 percent increase to my salary,” said Earl, who has been in the program for four years. “Plus, we should try to stay physically fit all year.” About 90 percent of the city’s employees are enrolled in the employee health incentive program, according to Maribel Garcia, a personnel analyst for the city. Rewarding healthier habits and exercise also has benefits for Santa Fe Springs. “It helps us in having healthy and dependable employees, who have good health and who are able to show up to work each day and do their job,” Earl said. Officials initially launched the program “to cut down on sick-leave usage and, back when it started, we had a lot of people that smoked,” said Garcia, adding that the program is now in its 18th year. last_img read more

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Listen: ‘We’re as ready as we can be’ – Martin Regan

first_imgNAOMH CONAILL manager Martin Regan believes his team is ‘as ready as we can be’ for Sunday’s county final showdown with Gaoth Dobhair.In spite of losing the last two finals, against Kilcar in 2017 and Gaoth Dobhair a year ago, Regan says his men aren’t being weighed down as they head into another decider.“I think they’re ready,” Regan told Donegal Daily/Donegal Sport Hub. ”They have really focussed in since the knock-out stage. I feel that we’re as ready we can be so we’ll see where that takes us.”Regan guided Naomh Conaill to the Dr Maguire in 2015 and the Glenties men have been the most consistent team in the county recently. This will be their eighth final since 2005 when they first got their hands on the prize.Disappointment might have lingered over the winter since last year, but Regan isn’t looking at this as a revenge mission.He said: “Even winning this year won’t make up for last year, but we’re hoping for a better showing this year. “We went into the last two finals as big underdogs and lost. We came up against two quality teams and there is no shame in losing to teams like that.”Listen to the full interview below …Listen: ‘We’re as ready as we can be’ – Martin Regan was last modified: October 17th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:2019 Donegal SFCGaoth DobhairGlentiesMartin ReganNaomh Conailllast_img read more

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Best XI of players who are in the final year of their contract

first_img 5 5 Juventus are the masters of pulling off a free transfer coup and they have already set their sights on Tottenham star Christian Eriksen.Over recent years they have signed Paul Pogba, Andrea Pirlo, Aaron Ramsey, Adrien Rabiot and Dani Alves for nothing.The Serie A club are reportedly hoping to sign Eriksen in the summer of 2020 as the Denmark star enters the final 12 months of his contract at Spurs. New job Former Crystal Palace and West Brom manager Pardew takes over at Dutch strugglers AFP or licensors deals LATEST A best XI of the players out of contract next season latest FAREWELL Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January 5 Buildlineup.com 5 Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:50Loaded: 8.98%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:50 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning 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 CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen On the opposite flank, Willian is also running out of time on is current deal.Nemanja Matic could leave Manchester United next summer for nothing while David Silva has already signalled that this season will be his last at Manchester City.Mario Gotze is also soon to be out of contract as his second spell at Borussia Dortmund may come to an end. He previously said he regretted his decision to join Bayern Munich so his next destination will be an interesting one.Bournemouth star Ryan Fraser was linked with moves away from the south coast club this summer and it is thought he will leave on a free transfer next year. BIG PRESENTS UP TOP Willian could leave Chelsea on a free transfer next summer on target 5 Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Adrian Durham says it’s no surprise Christian Eriksen wants to leave Tottenham ForwardsEdinson Cavani may be 32 but he still scores goals week in week out for PSG. He has 194 goals in 281 games for the Ligue 1 side and has won five league titles in his six seasons there.RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner has been one of the most prolific in the Bundesliga in recent seasons. The 23-year-old will be in high demand if he is available on a free transfer next summer.Dries Mertens has scored 110 goals in the six seasons he has been at Napoli and, despite being 32, would have plenty to offer teams if he does indeed run down his contract. What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas David De Gea is yet to sign a new Man United contract Christian Eriksen has 12 months left on his Spurs contract GoalkeeperReports had suggested that David De Gea had already agreed a bumper new contract with Manchester United that would see him get paid £350,000-a-week.There has been no sign of him signing a new deal and he looks set to run down the final year of his deal.The Red Devils would be reluctant to see him go, despite a dip in form at the end of last season, and will be doing all they can to convince him to stay. Getty Images – Getty Jan Vertonghen was left out of the Tottenham side in the first game of the season Getty Images – Getty LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Matic one of two players for sale with ‘two Premier League clubs’ interested DefenceThere were plenty of centre-back to choose from with Tottenham pair Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen both soon to be out of contract.Stefan Savic has established himself as a top class central defender at Atletico Madrid and is still only 28.Liverpool’s Joel Matip is also entering the final 12 months of his contract and would likely have plenty of suitors if he did leave for free. There are a number of high profile stars who are nearing the end of their current deals and could be available for free next summer.Here at talkSPORT.com, we have put together the best XI of players who are out of contract next year. Redknapp calls Son ‘petulant’, but Holloway says red card for Rudiger kick was ‘soft’ OFF Getty Images – Getty Left-back Layvin Kurzawa has fallen out of favour at Paris Saint-Germain in the last season. He is still only 26 and has previously been named in the Ligue 1 team of the season.Another PSG defender at right-back who is coming to the end of his contract is Thomas Meunier.MidfieldThere is a wealth of midfield talent who are coming to the end of their current deals.Christian Eriksen could yet leave Tottenham this summer if he is sold to a team in Europe but is in the final year of his contract.Chelsea teenage star Callum Hudson-Odoi has been subject of several bids by Bayern Munich but they were turned down. The Blues could lose one of their brightest young talents if they cannot get him to sign. Substitutes: Fraser, Matip, Vertonghen, Gotze, Silva, Dries Mertens.last_img read more

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Transfer Talk: Foderingham to Forest, Hibs sign striker

first_imgMatulevicius joins Simon Murray, Danny Swanson, Efe Ambrose, Ofir Marciano and Steven Whittaker at Easter Road as Lennon continues to rebuild ahead of the Premiership season.Celtic have made it into the third qualifying round of the Champions League and manager Brendan Rodgers insists Stuart Armstrong not starting last night’s game was nothing to do with his contract negotiations.The midfielder is yet to agree a new deal with the champions and Rodgers hopes to tie him to a long-term contract as soon as possible.Karamoko Dembele could decide where his allegiances lies in terms of the national team, with the Celtic wonder kid reportedly opting to play for Scotland against England in their clash this month. Rodgers also hinted last night he may give former manager Ronny Deila a call ahead of their tie with Rosenborg next week, hoping the Norwegian coach may help his former club progress to the next round.Staying with sides in Europe and with Aberdeen set for their showdown with Siroki Brijeg, manager Derek McInnes will be asking UEFA for water breaks as temperature hitting the high 30s in Bosnia.And Neymar could be set to become the world’s most expensive footballer as reports in France suggest the Braziallian’s move to PSG is edging closer. With Barrie McKay already in his ranks, former Rangers manager Mark Warburton is targeting another Ibrox player to add to his squad at Nottingham Forest.The Championship club are reportedly eyeing up a move for Gers number one keeper Wes Foderingham and are set to test the resolve of the Ibrox club with a formal bid.Foderingham is Rangers’ first choice keeper and if sold, Pedro Caixinha would only have Jack Alnwick and Liam Kelly as the other goalkeepers in his squad.Meanwhile, Hibs have made their sixth summer signing after announcing Lithuanian striker Deivydas Matulevicius has signed on a two-year deal from Belgian side Royal Mouscron.last_img read more

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Salem Middle School Could Be One of Nations “Safest” Schools

first_imgThe national average for a call to go out to 911 hovers around the two minute mark. Once those calls are made there is still a large amount of missing information and misreported intel.The alert to law enforcement that a situation is underway rests solely on the shoulders of those trapped within an incident. This means of communication combined with the lack of usable information coming from the caller/s, serves only to prolong an efficient response from law enforcement.Salem Schools has been addressing safety for almost 10 years – spending money every year to make improvements.Each of the schools has networked cameras, locking doors and specially secured entrances to all three buildings. Bullet-proof glass has also been installed. Superintendent DL Reed told the board at its regular meeting Monday night that she has continued talks with Net Talon, the security company responsible for the “Safest School in America” – better known as Southwestern High School in Shelbyville, IN – and has signed up the the Salem Middle School to be a pilot school. Reed told board members last Friday at a special meeting that she had been discussing options with Net Talon’s Donald Jones. “I have been on the phone with Net Talon, the group that installed the pilot program at Southwestern School in Shelbyville. I talked to the owner, Don Jones.  I sent him and email and he just called me. They are looking for more pilot schools. They are going to do 8-10 this year with the Indiana Sheriff’s Association. I signed us up. I hope I wasn’t premature. They will choose one of our schools. If that’s successful, we can do that with the other two schools.”Reed said there would be some costs involved, but the board recently approved setting aside $1 million for security updates in all three schools. It is well documented that active shooter attacks are quick and violent in nature, relying on both surprise and shock to aid in the shooter’s effectiveness.Due to these factors, calls from a school to 911 often do not begin until well after the incident has even begun.last_img read more

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