Boromas, Hammerheads and the Kaias lead

first_imgIn the Southern conference, the Boromas made it two from two wins with a 20-7 win over the Gaigais on Wednesday this week in the nation’s capital.Tomorrow’s matches will see the Gaigais play Oro while the Stingrays take on Boromas.The Southern Conference points ladder:Boromas (10), Gaigais (5), Oro Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels (4), Daru Stingrays (1).For the Northern conference, the Hammerheads also notched up their second consecutive win after defeating the Tiger Sharks 12-10 at SCUM oval, Lae.In today’s matches, the Hammerheads go up against the Madang Malabos and the Sharks play the Kilituas from Eastern Highlands.The Northern conference points ladder:Hammerheads (8), Malabos (4), Sharks (2), Kilituas (1).Lastly, in the New Guinea Islands (NGI) conference, the home side Rabaul Kaias defeated the Kimbe Rebels 41-24 to lead the pool.The New Ireland Drongos will play the Kaias today.The NGI conference points ladder:Kaias (5), Drongos (4), Rebels (1), Black Orchids (0).last_img read more

In India, indigenous youths are filming their own forests and communities

first_imgArticle published by Shreya Dasgupta RUPA, India — When Tallo Anthony joined the local forest department in 2011 as a computer operator after finishing high school, it wasn’t because he particularly liked computers. Nor did he have much interest in forests or wildlife. “I joined only because I was looking for a job,” he says.In fact, despite having grown up in Rupa, a town just some 40 kilometers (24 miles) from the stunning Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary in the state of Arunachal Pradesh, Anthony knew very little about the forests surrounding his home. He was content with having secured a job that gave him a stable income. This was important because he wanted to support his mother, who had singlehandedly raised him and his three siblings since his father passed away in 2008. His desire to help take care of his family was also why he hadn’t been able to pursue what he actually wanted to learn: photography and filmmaking.Anthony, who belongs to the Apatani tribe, kept his interest in filming alive by watching YouTube videos. “I learned about cameras, what it means to edit, how to edit, and so on, through online videos,” he says. “I even downloaded an editing software on my computer. I would go to the office during the day and practice editing at night.” Often this meant leaving the videos to render through the night, a process that would take several hours, interrupted frequently by power cuts.Juggling between his office duties and night-edited passion projects, little did Anthony know that he would soon become a celebrated name in the region.Tallo Anthony began learning about photography via YouTube videos. Image courtesy of Tallo Anthony.The opportunityIt started with a nature camp that Anthony was invited to observe a few months after joining the forest department. The camp, held near Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary and organized in part by the forest department, was meant to expose local schoolchildren to the biodiversity around them. It stirred Anthony’s interest in forests and wildlife, too.  “It was then that I saw that there’s such a beautiful forest near Rupa,” he says.It was also at the camp that Anthony first met Millo Tasser, a young forest officer who, the following year, would go on to head the Shergaon Forest Division, where Anthony worked. “Millo sir saw that I was taking pictures on my phone, so he understood that I’m interested in photography,” Anthony says. “Since then whenever there was a nature camp in Eaglenest, he would call me to take pictures.”For three years, Anthony split his time between his office duties, studying for a bachelor’s degree in arts that he was trying to complete through a distance-learning course, and his video projects. In 2015, his passion received a significant boost.Seeing that Anthony was talented, and interested in conservation, Tasser pointed him to Greenhub, a project that had recently been launched in the city of Tezpur in neighboring Assam state. Greenhub is a collaboration between Dusty Foot Productions, a New Delhi-based media company focused on wildlife and environment films, and the North East Network, a women’s rights NGO based in the city of Guwahati, Assam. The project was looking to train youths from India’s northeast region to use video as a tool to understand and document the area’s biodiversity and communities. And that year, Greenhub had put out its first call for applications. Anthony, encouraged and supported by Tasser, applied. Two interviews later, he was one of the 20 people selected for a year-long fellowship.Today, Anthony, 27, is one of Greenhub’s most exceptional fellows, says the project’s director, Rita Banerji, a wildlife filmmaker who’s worked in the northeast region for several decades.“One thing is that he had done a lot of his own learning from YouTube,” Banerji says. “So we can’t take the credit for everything. But we were able to guide him to enhance his skills.”For many of the fellows, though, Greenhub’s program presents their first foray into the world of filmmaking.Making young filmmakersThat’s the case for 21-year-old Shaleena Phinya. Phinya lives in Singchung, the main village of the Bugun tribe, one of the indigenous communities living around Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary. Part of the latest Greenhub batch, Phinya is the first woman from the Bugun tribe to venture into wildlife filmmaking.“From the Greenhub point of view, she’s a very, very important fellow because she can change perspectives about women in the field within her community,” Banerji says.In fact, Tasser says they had to literally go door-to-door in Singchung to look for this year’s Greenhub candidates. “The patrolling team boys of the Bugun community reserve, who are all from Singchung, helped us find Shaleena,” he says. Researchers working around Eaglenest then helped Phinya prepare for the interview, and they continue to mentor her even now.As for Phinya, honing her video skills in Eaglenest has proved exciting in many ways. Just last month, she encountered a lone elephant while traveling through Eaglenest by motorbike with two members of the patrol team. The elephant, visibly spooked, let off a loud trumpet, while Phinya and the boys dropped their bikes and ran for cover, spending the rest of the evening hidden by the side of the road until help reached them after midnight.Shaleena Phinya is the first woman from the Bugun community to venture into wildlife filmmaking. Image courtesy of Shaleena Phinya.Like Phinya, all Greenhub fellows are exposed to practical training right from the start. They spend the first three months learning photography, videography, editing, storytelling, and sound-design skills from some of India’s noted filmmakers and photographers. They then spend the remaining months of their fellowship interning with different organizations and creating short documentary-style films, for a monthly stipend of 4,000 rupees ($54).The process goes something like this: The fellows go to the field site of the organizations they are interning with; they shoot footage for a few weeks or a month; then they return to Greenhub where mentors help them edit their material. They repeat the cycle several times over the course of around nine months.“We go through their entire footage to see how they are shooting,” Banerji says. “Only when they edit do they realize the mistakes they are making, and it is through the editing process that they understand the issue they’ve been shooting much better.”Greenhub fellows have created films on a wide range of subjects. There have been films on threatened wildlife species found in the northeast, such as the pygmy hog (Porcula salvania), a critically endangered species found only in Assam, and the vulnerable black-necked crane (Grus nigricollis) that winters in Zemithang, Arunachal Pradesh, and is considered sacred by the Monpa community. There have also been documentaries on saving traditional millets, reviving traditional music and dance, the practice of cultivating fish in rice fields, and examples of community-led conservation initiatives, among others.During his time at Greenhub, Anthony, too, worked on a range of topics.“I was lucky,” Anthony says. “Usually, most fellows intern with just one organization, but I ended up working with many different organizations, where I got to see what conservation actions on the ground actually look like. I also met a lot of people during the course of my internship and built a network.”In October 2015, Anthony went back to Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary for yet another nature camp for schoolkids conducted by the forest department and the Bugun Welfare Society, an NGO run by members of the Bugun tribe living near the sanctuary. This time, Anthony was listed as the official photographer. And this time, the video he made showcasing the activities at the camp won him a Young Achiever Award at the Woodpecker International Film Festival held in New Delhi in 2016.“I had gone to the film festival for the experience and good food, but when they called my name, I was very surprised,” Anthony says. It was only when the news of his award made it into the local newspapers in Arunachal Pradesh and was shared via WhatsApp that his mother realized that what her son had achieved was no small feat.“Even then my mother called me and scolded me for wearing a T-shirt to the stage. She said, ‘you should’ve worn better clothes,’” Anthony says while trying to stifle his laughter.Since graduating from Greenhub, Anthony has added several feathers to his cap. He was invited as a speaker at Nature inFocus, an annual nature and wildlife photography festival held in Bengaluru, the southern Indian city previously known as Bangalore, in 2016. This year, he was recognized by the government of Arunachal Pradesh for being a prominent young achiever in the state.Tallo Anthony was recently felicitated by the Arunachal Pradesh government. Image courtesy of Tallo Anthony.Anthony has also teamed up with three other youths from his batch at Greenhub, one each from the states of Nagaland, Assam and Meghalaya, with whom he has formed a group called Genesis4northeast. In 2017, the team won an award for making the best tourism film of the year at a tourism festival in Arunachal Pradesh. And this year, they wrapped up a film on the Bugun liocichla (Liocichla bugunorum), an extremely rare bird found only around Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary on land governed by the Bugun tribe.Commissions for wildlife-related films have, however, been few and far between. “It’s only when we get some projects from the forest department or conservation NGOs that we get to make conservation-related films,” Anthony says. “For now, I’ve been doing mostly promotional tourism videos, or cultural videos featuring traditional festivals in the state.”Anthony no longer works for the forest department, but continues to document the nature camp near Eaglenest every year. “He is an asset to the department,” Tasser says. “I keep reminding him that he should always do his bit to spread the message of conservation through his medium.”Genesis4northeast won an award for their tourism film. Image courtesy of Tallo Anthony.Empowering indigenous youthsThat’s Greenhub’s ultimate goal, too.Banerji acknowledges that not every Greenhub fellow will become a filmmaker. But at the end of it all, the Greenhub network should forward conservation and social change, she says.Two Greenhub fellows are, for instance, working in Delhi with a web channel called Hind Kisan that covers rural India. In Mizoram state’s Dampa Tiger Reserve, fellow Zakhuma, a forest guard from a Mizo indigenous group, has made a film documenting Dampa’s biodiversity and threats, including the challenges of patrolling a park that shares an international border with Bangladesh. Similarly, Greenhub fellows Chandan Patro and Paro Natung, both anti-poaching staff at Pakke Tiger Reserve in Arunachal Pradesh, have made films showcasing the park through the eyes of the people who patrol it.Sital Dako, a field assistant with a research organization in Pakke, too, films the forest and villages surrounding the tiger reserve. Dako, who, like Natung, belongs to the Nyishi tribe, is one of the few female Greenhub fellows along with Shaleena Phinya of Singchung.Phinya, despite her encounters with elephants, says she isn’t afraid to go into the forest; she usually goes with the patrol team and she feels safe. What irks her, though, is when people say she shouldn’t be out in the field simply because she’s a woman. “My family doesn’t say much, but other people do,” Phinya says.At the same time, Phinya can see other young women and men from her village wanting to know more about her work. “One of my cousins, for example, now wants to do the Greenhub course,” she says.Banerji says her organization gets 30 to 40 applications from women every year, which is encouraging. Two out of 20 seats in every batch are reserved for women, while more female candidates are always welcome, she adds. The Greenhub project is also very selective in choosing its fellows: it prefers people who live in remote areas, don’t have access to technology, and can’t afford to but are interested in and committed to using video as a tool for conservation.Video showcasing highlights from the Greenhub Project. Video courtesy of Greenhub.The project’s ultimate goal is to empower the youths from India’s northeast so they see the value in the natural resources around them. And video is a powerful tool to achieve that.Banerji also hopes eventually to use the videos that the fellows make to create a digital library of biodiversity-related footage from the northeast. “For example, if someone coming to the northeast wants to look at butterflies, we will have a systematized footage on butterflies that’s easily accessible to people,” she says. But with only three batches of Greenhub fellows having graduated so far, this will take time to achieve.Anthony, too, is taking baby steps at the moment. Since filmmaking and photography equipment is expensive, he’s been working on smaller projects and using the money from those to buy more equipment — although Greenhub does provide filming and editing gear at a subsidized rate for its alumni.“When a client’s paying you good money, they expect good quality, but I don’t have very good equipment to take on such big projects right now,” he says. “When I have the necessary equipment, I’ll approach bigger clients for bigger projects.”Banerji, who invited Anthony as one of the instructors for this year’s Greenhub batch, thinks he should also work on films that he really wants to do.“Anthony is very good at his craft, he’s very good with people, and he has the ability to tell good stories,” she says. “Maybe it will take one or two more years before he can take out the time and get funding for a film that he’s been wanting to do for a long time. But he should. He’s a very special guy.”Banner image of Tallo Anthony courtesy of Tallo Anthony.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author 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 Animals, Biodiversity, Conservation, Conservation Solutions, Deforestation, Endangered Species, Environment, Featured, Film, Forests, Green, Happy-upbeat Environmental, Indigenous Communities, Indigenous Groups, Indigenous Peoples, Mammals, Protected Areas, Tropical Forests, Videos, Wildlife In India’s northeast, the Greenhub project is empowering indigenous youths to use video as a tool to forward forest conservation and social change.Tallo Anthony, from the project’s first batch, has been one of the most successful participants, winning several awards.The project strives to empower people living in remote areas of India’s northeast region, who don’t have access to technology and can’t afford to but are interested in and committed to using video as a tool for conservation.Greenhub also encourages women to participate, with two out of 20 seats in every batch reserved for women, and more female candidates welcome. Read the other stories in this four-part series on the indigenous groups living around Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary in Arunachal Pradesh, India:From a new bird to a new community reserve: India’s tribe sets exampleBird business: The man who taught his tribe to profit from conservationTwo Indian tribes help reconstruct a forest’s history, in war and in peacelast_img read more

Pollard leads Stars to rare win

first_imgGROS ISLET, St Lucia (CMC): St Lucia Stars captain Kieron Pollard scored his first-ever T20 century to lead his side to their first victory in the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) since 2016 by defeating the Barbados Tridents by 38 runs here Friday night. Pollard smashed 104 from only 54 balls to guide the Stars to 226 for six in their 20 overs – the highest-ever total in the CPL’s history. Qais Ahmed (2-29) and Obed McCoy (3-28) then produced brilliant bowling spells to limit the Tridents to 188 for six. The win snapped the Stars’ 15-game losing streak and was their first since July 31, 2016, when the then St Lucia Zouks defeated the Jamaica Tallawahs by 17 runs in Florida. One night earlier, the Stars had failed to defend 212 against the Trinbago Knight Riders, but this time around Pollard, Andre Fletcher (80) and Rahkeem Cornwall (30) ensured they went one better. SIX BOUNDARIES Pollard took a particular liking to pacer Raymon Reifer, whose four overs went for 67 runs. He eventually brought up his 100 in the final over with his eighth six driven flat over long on, before departing one ball later. His knock also contained six boundaries. Tridents’ opener Dwayne Smith blazed his way to a half-century in pursuit of a historic chase, as the Tridents marched to 75-1 at the end of 10 overs. But once he was dismissed by Qais Ahmad for a 45-ball 58 after top-edging to deep square leg, the chase fell flat. Admad then struck two balls into his next over, having Hashim Amla stumped.last_img read more


first_img…Working Girls’ DayBet you didn’t know that Sunday, June 2nd, was “International Whores Day”, or (more leftist!)“International Sex Workers Day”. And that’s too bad. In an age when the British and Canadian Consulates can join our LBTQ community and march through the streets of Georgetown to push “Gay Pride”, we still have a whole community of folks who are stigmatised for EARNING a living!!Now, sex work didn’t just pop up, did it? Selling one’s body (or various parts of it) for sex – dubbed “prostitution” – is accepted as the world’s oldest profession!! There isn’t a civilisation on earth without sex workers. In[RD1] fact, some of them – notably Chinese and Indian – were called “concubines”, and were highly trained before they could practise their profession. Music, poetry, and the arts were only a few of the subjects on their curriculum.But, even before then, patriarchal norms had become entrenched, and women’s bodies had been claimed by males, and they decided what the females could do with their own bodies. Did you even think of that?Every day of the week, good citizens are admired for going out and “selling their labour” for “wages”. But what’s this “labour” we sell? Can it be separated from our bodies? It really can’t, can it?It all comes down to the negative value judgement placed on “sex work” – it’s “sinful”. And that’s the nub of the problem, isn’t it?Some folks insist that the morality coming out of some tribal customs two millennia ago should dictate what women can do with their bodies today. But even here, there are some anomalies in Guyanese law. While prostitution is prohibited explicitly for males – who can’t even engage in the sex act with each other, much less sell the services — there is a more circuitous prohibition for women. For them, it’s forbidden for anyone to run “brothels” or “bawdy houses” (Criminal Offences Act s 357; Summary Jurisdiction (Offenses) Act, §165), and working girls can be rounded up and shamed.Remember Simona “I is” Broomes raiding that hotel in Bartica and dragging those girls to Georgetown, claiming they were being trafficked”?? And, of course, as the recently departed social activist Andaiye pointed out, eventually the girls were actually charged for passport violations!!It was shaming the working girls and penalising the hotel owner for allegedly running a “bawdy house”!Now, Guyana is supposed to have a Sex Workers Coalition, and your Eyewitness had hoped they would’ve been in the streets on Sunday demanding that sex work not be driven underground – where the workers can really be exploited.Sex workers of the world, unite!! You have nothing to lose but your chains of shame!!…the savage infightingThey say “Hell has no fury like a woman scorned”, but from bits and pieces seeping out of the closed doors of the AFC Headquarters — the one donated by that pharma importer in Kitty – it looks like the fury of scorned women has nothing on that of a scorned lackey!! Nagamootoo and his erstwhile bestie, Ramjattan, we know are locked in a deadly struggle to be the PM candidate for the PNC-led coalition. Kinda like a puppy-sized Guyana version of Godzilla vs Ghidorah!!They assume, of course, that the PNC would again choose their Indian Guyanese token PM candidate from the AFC – rather a huge assumption, given their meltdown in support!! But rather than openly duking it out – if not with pistols at ten paces, then maybe in a debate – the two of them are using surrogates in the lead-up to their General Convention to control the delegates who’ll be voting for one or the other.This weekend, seems that Nagamootoo’s water boy and attack hound wasn’t even elected to be a delegate!!“Livid” isn’t even in the same universe!!…the Army brassWe know Granger was once head of the army. But does he have to micro-manage our forces to the extent he decides when a private gets leave?What does this do to the forces’ morale and initiative?last_img read more

Our poisoned food

first_imgDear Editor,Over the years, repeatedly, I’ve penned my concerns regarding farmers lacing their produce, mainly fruits and vegetables, with chemicals and putting it on the market without giving the produce the due time for the chemicals to work out.Under the previous and current Administrations, I’ve complained and ironically, those responsible fail to act or address this issue properly.Today you go to the market, make your purchase, store it either in or out of a refrigerator and chances are that most of it would be in a condition that you would end up discarding a good amount because it became inedible. Our country is still in the stone age in terms of medical testing and I am quite certain that the drugs in the fruits/vegetables cause some sort of effects unto us and is not being monitored properly.Government alone is not responsible for this lapse, there are various agencies responsible for monitoring and carrying out random checks but are failing.These people are getting paid to do a job and they are either not doing it or are taking bribes. Those found wanting should be dismissed and others should be given a chance. That’s the only way we will have an effective system.Editor, at this present time, it’s the season for mangoes and without a doubt, it’s the most widely selling fruit, green or ripe. There is a chemical popularly known as ripening/ripener, which is being used on vegetables and fruits to get them ripe before their ripening period.When the mango is close to being ripe (most people say half ripe/full/ turn) they would put the chemical on the fruits or vegetables. Now there are vendors going around purchasing mangoes (buying out all the mangoes from the tree) and taking them home and soaking them in chemicals to get them ripe. Sometimes, or in most cases, these mangoes are extra green and they are being put in chemicals to get ripe.Now you innocently make a purchase and if you don’t eat all of it the same day, it would turn black or have abnormal black spots inside, making it inedible. This is a new development and many fruits, especially mangoes, banana, etc are being forced to ripe before their time.As I said before, there are people getting paid to do their jobs and they are not doing it. At any given day, you could go to Stabroek Market and you would see people buying and getting either underweight or expired items and the only time raids are being conducted is when someone in higher authority says something. We are not moving/heading anywhere and it’s sad.Respectfully,Sahadeo Bateslast_img read more

Risk and Reward

first_imgBy Chris Jenkins THE ASSOCIATED PRESS GREEN BAY, Wis. – It comes as no surprise that Brett Favre’s most memorable touchdown pass was based on a hunch, a split-second improvisation on the biggest stage imaginable. On the Green Bay Packers’ second snap of the 1997 Super Bowl, Favre stepped to the line and saw that New England’s defense didn’t have either safety deep in coverage. Hall of Famer Troy Aikman, who covered the Packers-Giants game for Fox Sports, chuckles when asked about the possibility Favre could pass both marks in the same game. It would only be fitting, Aikman said. “Knowing Brett like I do, he’d probably be unfazed by that,” Aikman said. Marino isn’t surprised that Favre ended up in a position to break his record. “When I first quit, I thought the only one out there who might have a chance would be Brett Favre,” said Marino, who retired after the 1999 season and is now an analyst for HBO. “He throws a lot of touchdowns – and he stays healthy.” Marino said he considers Favre a worthy successor, just as he did when Peyton Manning threw for 49 touchdowns in 2004 to break his single-season record. “It’s happening by guys who are really good players, guys who love the game,” Marino said. “And that’s what it’s really all about.” As he’s done in the past, Favre downplayed the significance of records this week and made no apologies for taking chances. He’s also closing in on Marino’s career records for attempts and yards passing, so Favre says it’s only logical he would have a lot of touchdowns and interceptions. “There have been some bad plays, some bonehead plays, whatever you want to call it,” Favre said. “But a lot of those good ones would not be there if it wasn’t for taking a chance. For me, it has been well worth the risk.” While there is no single record for quarterbacks that carries the significance of Barry Bonds passing Hank Aaron’s career home run record, Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Marino’s touchdown mark probably comes closest. Favre laughed off any comparison to Bonds, smiling as he jokingly flexed his forearms to prove he doesn’t quite measure up. “I couldn’t tell you how it’s looked at,” Favre said of the record. “I know it’s a lot of touchdowns. But if you play a long time, that means you’re playing fairly well.” Besides, Favre figures Manning will break it in a few years. But Aikman believes the records must mean something special to Favre. “I think the records are important to him,” Aikman said. “I don’t know how they can’t be.” While touchdowns are flashy, Aikman thinks the career victories record is the one that matters most to Favre. And the one achievement everybody keeps coming back to is Favre’s consecutive starts streak. Favre is expected to start his 240th straight regular-season game today. “That’s impressive, man,” Marino said. “That’s amazing.” It’s already a record for quarterbacks, and he’ll tie former Vikings center Mick Tingelhoff for second on the career list on Sunday. Former Vikings defensive end Jim Marshall started a record 270 straight games. “You’re almost immune to the fact that he plays every day,” McCarthy said. “You don’t even think about how tough he is because he’s out there every day.” Aikman considers Favre’s starting streak untouchable. “That’s one that I just have a hard time looking at and saying that will ever be broken,” Aikman said. Given the body of work, Packers icon Bart Starr says Favre must be considered one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time. “He’s earned all the accolades and tributes he’s been paid,” Starr said. “Tremendous player. Best competitor I’ve ever seen.” Starr, who lives in Alabama but will return to Green Bay for an alumni reunion and today’s game against the Chargers, says Favre means everything to fans. “He’s meant more than I have words to describe,” Starr said. “He’s raised the level of expectations, excitement, beyond anything imaginable.” With only one Super Bowl win and all those interceptions, it’s tough to make the case that Favre is the single greatest quarterback of all time. But without taking chances on the field, Favre just wouldn’t be Favre. Besides, it makes for good stories. Asked about his worst interception ever, Favre recalled once trying to throw a pass from his knees against Detroit. “All I could think as I was throwing it was, `This is going to be an unbelievable play. How many guys throw from their knees?”‘ Favre said. Then-coach Mike Holmgren didn’t exactly agree. “Holmgren says, `What in the hell were you doing?’ And I said, `I had him open,”‘ Favre said. “He says, `Had him open? You’re throwing it from your knees!’ And I could not convince him that I thought that was going to be a great play. So if you ask Mike, he’d probably say that was one of the worst. If you ask me, I’d say it was that close to being an unbelievable play.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Favre quickly checked to “razor,” calling an audible that hadn’t really worked all season and wasn’t designed to be used with the group of players they had on the field. Favre just had to assume his receivers would figure out which routes to run. “So all that was going through my mind at that particular point, on top of, `I sure hope they’re in the defense I think they are in,”‘ Favre said. “And it just worked out perfectly.” Favre found Andre Rison for a 54-yard touchdown pass, a perfect moment in a career filled with soaring highs and forehead-slapping lows. Statistics can’t tell the whole story of what Favre has meant to the Green Bay Packers and the NFL. But it would be difficult to come up with a more telling illustration of Favre’s go-for-broke style than this: On any one of the next few Sundays, Favre could break Dan Marino’s career touchdown pass record and become the NFL’s most-intercepted quarterback. Favre, who broke John Elway’s record for most victories by a starting quarterback with his 149th career win at New York last Sunday, now needs four touchdown passes to break Marino’s record of 420. And with three more interceptions, he’ll pass George Blanda’s more dubious career mark of 277. last_img

Accidents put focus on intersections

first_imgNORWALK – With homes and three schools nearby and cars making their way to the Santa Ana (5) Freeway, the crosswalk at Rosecrans and Greenstone avenues is almost always busy, especially during morning and afternoon rush hours. There have been five accidents over the past five years at the intersection and “a lot of close calls,” one Los Angeles County sheriff’s investigator said. Two of the most recent accidents resulted in minor injuries to a bicyclist and a pedestrian, he said. But the latest nearly killed Jamie Meza, 50, of Whittier, who was working there as a crossing guard when he was hit Wednesday by a motorist, then dragged 45 feet. The driver, identified by deputies as Jose Francisco Valdez Serrano of Artesia, walked away and was still not in custody Thursday. Meza was taken by helicopter to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, where he remained in serious condition Thursday. Meza had worked at the intersection for about four months as an employee of All City Management Services, said Norwalk Public Safety Director Carlos Ramos. Serrano was driving about 30 to 35 mph when his red 1986 Toyota pickup truck hit Meza, who was holding up a stop sign and helping a bicyclist across the street, police said. The incident was the first of two collisions this week involving crossing guards. On Thursday, a 17-year-old motorist struck a crossing guard near Glenoaks Elementary School in Glendale. Jorge Obando of Glendale was listed in serious condition with head and leg injuries. Anyone with information about Serrano was asked to call (562) 863-8711, Ext. 5441. (562) 499-1337 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want 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

Kick Off: Football gaming special

first_imgDanny Kelly is joined by Miles Jacobson to trace the evolution of football games to the modern day.They are joined by Matt Prior – FIFA 17’s Creative Director, as well as Kevin Toms, the creator of the original Football Manager, in a programme dedicated to our love of the beautiful game in virtual form.Listen above or click here to download the Kick Off special from iTunes, along with previous editions.last_img

Antelope Valley Calendar

first_imgAntelope Valley Chess Club will meet, 1-5 p.m. at American Legion Post 771, 39463 10th St. E., Palmdale. Call (661) 726-1323. Narcotics Anonymous: For meeting times and locations, call (661) 266-2200 or check Overeaters Anonymouswill meet, 5-6 p.m. at 44960 Cedar Ave., Lancaster. Call (661) 789-5806. MONDAY Beyond the Light, a socialization and support group for young adults, ages 17 to 25, with mental health issues, will meet, noon-1 p.m. at Transitional Youth Services, 104 E. Ave. K-4, Lancaster. Call Bill Slocum at (661) 947-1595. Jazzercise classes, 5:30-6:30 p.m. at George Lane Park, 5520 W. Ave. L-8, Quartz Hill. Call (661) 722-7780. Dance Groove will give ballroom and Latin dance lessons, 6-8:30 p.m. Dance Groove Studio, 43631 10th St. W., Lancaster. Cost: $5 per person. Call (661) 948-9101. Take Off Pounds Sensibly will meet, 9-10:30 a.m. Call (661) 272-0207 or (661) 947-7672. Co-Dependents Anonymous Step Study will meet, 6-7 p.m. at Antelope Valley Hospital, multipurpose meeting room, second floor, 1600 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call (661) 944-4927. 12-Step Recovery Groups for alcohol and drug addiction, co-dependency, relationship addiction, overeating, fear and anxiety issues, will meet, 7 p.m. at Desert Vineyard Christian Fellowship, 1011 E. Ave. I, Lancaster. Call (661) 945-2777. The Palmdale Elks Lodge, 2705 E. Ave. Q, Palmdale will host bingo, 5:30 p.m. The grill will be open. Call (661) 947-2027. Overeaters Anonymous will meet, 6-7 p.m. at Lancaster United Methodist Church, 918 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call (661) 722-0393. Co-Dependents Anonymous will host a 12-step recovery program, 7:30-9 p.m., at Antelope Valley Hospital, multipurpose meeting room, second floor, 1600 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call (661) 944-4927 or (661) 946-5846. Grief Recovery Outreach Group will meet, 6:30-8 p.m. at Family Resource Foundation, 38345 30th St. E., Suite A-2, Palmdale. Call (661) 266-8700 or visit Adult Anger Management Group will meet, 6:30-8 p.m. at Family Resource Foundation, 38345 30th St. E., Suite A-2, Palmdale. Call (661) 266-8700. The Highs and Lows, a support group for those diagnosed with manic depression or related disorders, will meet, 7-9 p.m. at Lutheran Church of the Master, 725 E. Ave. J, Lancaster. Al-Anon will have a discussion, 7 p.m. at 51st Street West and Avenue K, Lancaster. Child care provided. Call (661) 274-9353 or (800) 344-2666. Take Off Pounds Sensibly Chapter 572 will meet, 9-11 a.m. at the Mayflower Gardens chapel, 6570 W. Ave. L-12, Quartz Hill. Call (661) 943-3089. Early bird bingo games will begin at 6 p.m. with regular games beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Palmdale Elks Lodge, 2705 E. Ave. Q, Palmdale. Call (661) 947-2027. Early bird bingo games will begin at 6:30 p.m. with regular games beginning at 7 p.m. at Paraclete High School, 42145 30th St. W., Lancaster. Call (661) 943-3255, Monday evenings: (661) 943-1017. Billiard Gang for seniors will meet, 9:15 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551. Flex and stretch, a workout for seniors, 8-9 a.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Bring a floor mat and hand weights. Call (661) 267-5551. Parent support group will meet, 6:30-8 p.m. at Family Resource Foundation, 1529 E. Palmdale Blvd., Suite 203, Palmdale. The facilitated group is for parents who need help coping with family issues. Call (661) 266-8700. Compulsive Eaters Anonymous – HOW Concept will meet, 6 p.m. at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, 38530 Sierra Highway, Palmdale. Call (661) 273-1016. Expectant parents can tour the Antelope Valley Hospital obstetrics department, 1600 W. Ave. J in Lancaster, and get information on what to expect during hospitalization, at sessions starting at 6 p.m. Visitors meet in the main lobby Narcotics Anonymous: For meeting times and locations, call (661) 266-2200 or check TUESDAY Lupus International Support Group meets, 6:30-8 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month in Palmdale. Call Information and location: Danielle Duffey at (888) 532-2322, Ext. 4. Business Network International B2 Bombers chapter will meet, 12:15 p.m. at Eduardo’s restaurant, 819 W. Palmdale Blvd., Palmdale. Call (661) 609-1288 or e-mail The organization’s Web site is at Prostate Cancer Support Group meets, 12:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at Lutheran Church of the Master, 725 E. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call Susan Baker at (661) 273-2200. Toddler story time for children ages 2-6, 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. at Barnes & Noble, 39228 10th St. W., Palmdale. Call (661) 272-9134. Celebrate Discovery, a Christian-based 12-step program, will meet, 6:30 p.m. at Palmdale United Methodist Church, 39055 10th St. W., Palmdale. Call (661) 947-3103. Jazzercise classes, 5:30-6:30 p.m. at George Lane Park, 5520 W. Ave. L-8 in Quartz Hill. Call (661) 722-7780. Successful Anger Management course, 7-9 p.m. in Lancaster. Call (661) 538-1846. Sand Creek Orators, Toastmaster International meets, 7:30 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at Hummel Hall, 2200 20th St. W., Rosamond. Call Miik Miller at (661) 256-0328. Caregiver Support Group will meet, 5:30-7 p.m. in Conference Room 1 at Lancaster Community Hospital in Lancaster. Sponsored by ProCare Hospice. Call (661) 951-1146. Tears in My Heart Support Group will meet, 10:30 a.m.-noon and 5:30-7 p.m. at ProCare Hospice, 42442 10th St. W., Suite D, Lancaster. Call (661) 951-1146. Rocketeers Toastmasters meets, 1:30 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at the Air Force Research Laboratory. Call Pam Raneri at (661) 275-5287. Pancho Barnes Composite Squadron 49, Civil Air Patrol, will meet, 6-8:30 p.m. at Rosamond Sky Park, 4171 Knox Ave., Rosamond. Call (760) 373-5771. Antelope Valley Archaeology Club will meet, 9:30-11 a.m. at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, 38350 Sierra Highway, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-56`56. Grief Support Group will meet, 5:30-7 p.m. at the Hoffmann Hospice, 1832 W. Ave. K, Suite D-1. Call (661) 948-8801. Toastmasters Sand Creek Orators Club meets, 7:30 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 2500 Orange St., Rosamond. Call Miik Miller at (661) 256-0328. Take Off Pounds Sensibly will meet, 9-10:30 a.m. Call (661) 272-0207 or (661) 947-7672.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! TODAY Nicotine Anonymous will meet, 8-9 p.m. at Seventh-day Adventist Church, 43824 30th St. W., Lancaster. Call (661) 946-7606. Buklod ng Pagkakaisa (Bond of Unity) Seniors’ Social Hour, 4-7 p.m. the first Sunday of each month at the Antelope Valley Senior Center, 777 W. Jackman St., Lancaster. Meetings feature films, talks, singalongs, talent shows and dancing. Call (661) 723-7876 or (661) 726-5309. Costume Figure Sessions, 2:30-5:30 p.m. the fourth Sunday of each month at Cedar Centre Hall, 44857 Cedar Ave. Cost: $5; students with identification are admitted free. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John Phillips40 and Up Singles dance, 6:30-10:30 p.m. every Sunday at Lancaster Elks Lodge, 240 E. Ave. K, Lancaster. Admission: $5 members, $7 nonmembers. Call (661) 317-7021. Life Figure Sessions, 2:30-5:30 p.m. the second Sunday of each month at Cedar Centre Hall, 44857 Cedar Ave. Cost: $5; students with ID are admitted free. Teen Care and Support Group, for teens who have lost a family member or friend, will meet, 6:30 p.m. at Desert Vineyard Christian School, 1011 E. Ave. I, Room 302, Lancaster. Call (661) 945-2777. Palmdale Moose Lodge, 3101 E. Ave. Q, Palmdale, will host bingo games beginning at 1 p.m. Call (661) 947-6777. Revealing Truth, a meditation and spiritual discussion, 4:45-6:15 p.m. Call (661) 723-9967. last_img

The best transfers from Ligue 1 featuring a Chelsea bargain and a Highbury hero

first_img 10 10 10 N’Golo Kante: Caen to Leicester – There are not many people who would have predicted the level of success Kante has enjoyed since moving to Leicester in 2015 for £5.5m. He was key to the club’s Premier League success and then won successive titles this up with another winners medal at Chelsea the following season. At Stamford Bridge he won the PFA Player of the Year and FWA Footballer of the Year. 10 Petr Cech: Rennes to Chelsea – From the start, it was clear Chelsea had an absolute gem on their hands in the 21-year-old goalkeeper. Cech joined in a £9m deal and in 11 years he won every honour on offer in addition to going 1024 minutes without conceding a goal during the 2004/05 season. He left for Arsenal in 2015. Didier Drogba: Marseille to Chelsea – It cost Chelsea £24m to prise Drogba across the Channel, but it was definitely money well spent. In his first eight years at the club he scored 157 goals in 341 games and was a dominant striker during Jose Mourinho’s first spell in charge. He won four Premier League titles and his penalty in the 2012 Champions League final shoot-out won the Blues the competition. He also won the Premier League Golden Boot award twice. 10 Robert Pires: Marseille to Arsenal – At £5m, Pires is surely one of the best transfers the club ever completed. Having arrived in 2000 as a World Cup and European Championship winner, the creative France international’s added to his collection of medals in six glorious years in north London. He played 284 times, scored 84 goals and won the Premier League twice in addition to three FA Cups. 10 Patrice Evra: Monaco to Man United – Evra arrived with Nemanja Vidic in 2006 and quickly cemented himself in the first team and is regarded as one of the best left-backs to play in the Premier League. At Old Trafford he won five titles as well as the Champions League before joining Juventus in 2014. Michael Essien: Lyon to Chelsea – Despite being hampered by injury, Essien was still a superstar at Stamford Bridge. The midfielder arrived for £24m in 2005 and at the end of the 2006/07 season, when Didier Drogba had scored 33 goals for Chelsea; Essien was crowned supporters’ Player of the Year. He was a force of nature, combining technique, vision and was someone who had strength in abundance. center_img 10 Cesar Azpilicueta: Marseille to Chelsea – Azpilicueta joined Chelsea in 2012 for £6.5m and you’ll struggle to find any of the Stamford Bridge who doesn’t love the defender. Having joined as a 22-year-old full-back, Azpilicueta is one of the club’s most consistent performers and the first names on manager Antonio Conte’s team sheet. 10 David Ginola: Paris Saint-Germain to Newcastle – Ginola was just unstoppable when he ran at defenders, with his shirt flapping over his shorts as he left behind a trail of destruction John Wick would be proud of. Did anyone ever check whether the ball was in fact glued to his feet? Having arrived at Newcastle in 1995 in a £2.5m deal he was an instant hit with fans. Tottenham snapped him up in 1997 and as a Spurs player he won the Players’ Player and Football Writers’ Player of the year in 1999. Eden Hazard: Lille to Chelsea – Hazard joined for £32m in 2012 and he has easily been one of the best players in the league since. He has won two Premier League titles, the League Cup and Europa League in addition to being crowned Players’ Player of the Year in 2015. His stylish play has seen him linked with Real Madrid in recent seasons. 10 getty 10 Last summer Bernardo Silva, Benjamin Mendy and Tiemoue Bakayoko were the stand out transfers between Ligue 1 and the Premier League.Thomas Lemar could be the next to cross the Channel, with Liverpool said to be keen on the 22-year-old Monaco midfielder.It remains to be seen whether he will be a hit as some players have set the bar pretty high, as you can see above.Scroll through the gallery to see the 10 best Ligue 1 exports. Hugo Lloris: Lyon to Tottenham – Now in his sixth season in the Premier League, Lloris has demonstrated consistently why many people consider him to be one of the best goalkeepers in Europe. Since arriving in 2012 he has only become better and against Real Madrid in the Champions League this season, he pulled off one of the saves of the season to deny Karim Benzema from close range. He looks super human at times. last_img read more