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Qatar 2022 to have 32 teams

first_imgPhoto Getty Images. Caption: World Cup 2022 World football’s governing body said there was insufficient time to consider the proposed expansion of the tournament due to logistical concerns.A plan backed by president Gianni Infantino had been put forward that would have seen some of Qatar’s Gulf neighbours stage some of the extra matches, having conceded it would be “difficult” to host all such games in Qatar alone.However, in a statement released on Wednesday, FIFA confirmed it would need more time to consider all possible requirements of an expanded tournament, with a deadline on the decision set for next month.It therefore says the 2022 finals will consist of 32 teams, as originally planned.”In line with the conclusions of the feasibility study approved by the FIFA Council at its last meeting, FIFA and Qatar have jointly explored all possibilities to increase the number of participant teams from 32 to 48 teams by involving neighbouring countries at the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022,” the statement said.”Following a thorough and comprehensive consultation process with the involvement of all the relevant stakeholders, it was concluded that under the current circumstances such a proposal could not be made now.”Additionally, FIFA and Qatar have once again explored the feasibility of Qatar hosting a 48-team tournament by in particular lowering certain key FIFA requirements.”A joint analysis, in this respect, concluded that due to the advanced stage of preparations and the need for a detailed assessment of the potential logistical impact on the host country, more time would be required and a decision could not be taken before the deadline of June.”It was therefore decided not to further pursue this option.”The FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 will therefore remain as originally planned with 32 teams and no proposal will be submitted at the next FIFA Congress on 5 June.”FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ to be played with 32 teamshttps://t.co/zSPDenmm2k— FIFA Media (@fifamedia) May 22, 2019It is thought part of the logistical problem of an expanded tournament in Qatar stems from poor relations between the country and its neighbours, namely Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt.Speaking last year, Infantino suggested sharing a 48-team tournament could be a way of restoring political ties between Qatar and those countries, who have imposed an economic blockade on the World Cup hosts.”Maybe football is a way to build bridges,” he told The Guardian. “We have seen as well with the bidding for 2026, the right to organise the World Cup was awarded to three countries [the USA, Canada and Mexico] which I think also don’t have the very best political or diplomatic relationships. But football makes miracles, as we know.”It has already been confirmed that the 2026 finals will comprise 48 teams divided into 16 groups of three, a significant change from the current format of 32 teams in eight groups of four.All six FIFA confederations will be given some of the extra places, while a new play-off mini-tournament will decide a further two qualifiers.last_img read more

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Shorebirds can no longer count on the Arctic as a safe haven for rearing their young

first_imgA new analysis of over 70 years’ worth of shorebird population data suggests that climate change has altered the migratory birds’ Arctic safe haven to such a degree that it is now helping drive rapid declines in their numbers.After studying data from 38,191 nests found across all seven continents and belonging to 237 populations of 111 different species, an international team led by researchers with the Milner Centre for Evolution at the UK’s University of Bath determined that shorebirds worldwide have experienced a drastic increase in nest predation over the past seven decades.The data suggests that nest predation rates have doubled in the North Temperate Zone, which includes Europe and most of Asia and North America. In the Arctic, which migratory shorebirds are used to using as something of a refuge, rates of daily nest predation have tripled. A new analysis of over 70 years’ worth of shorebird population data suggests that climate change has altered the migratory birds’ Arctic safe haven to such a degree that it is now helping drive rapid declines in their numbers.After studying data from 38,191 nests found across all seven continents and belonging to 237 populations of 111 different species, an international team led by researchers with the Milner Centre for Evolution at the UK’s University of Bath determined that shorebirds worldwide have experienced a drastic increase in nest predation over the past seven decades.Historically, the highest rates of nest predation have occurred in the tropics, the researchers note in a study detailing their findings published in Science last month. That’s why many shorebirds, like plovers and sandpipers, migrate to the Arctic, where nest predation has traditionally been much lower, to lay their eggs and raise their young. But the data suggests that this pattern no longer holds in much of the Northern Hemisphere, the researchers found, as nest predation rates have doubled in the North Temperate Zone, which includes Europe and most of Asia and North America. In the Arctic, which migratory shorebirds are used to using as something of a refuge, rates of daily nest predation have tripled.The study’s lead author, Vojtěch Kubelka, a PhD student at the University of Bath when the study was carried out, summed up the team’s findings in rather stark terms: “The Arctic, with recently elevated rates of nest predation, is no longer a safe harbour for breeding birds: on the contrary, the Arctic now represents an extensive ecological trap for migrating shorebirds from a nest predation perspective.”The ‘double whammy’ of fewer babies hatching and decline in the survival of adults has had a devastating effect on population numbers of species such as the critically endangered Spoonbill Sandpiper (Calidris pygmea). Photo Credit: Pavel Tomkovich.At the same time, studies have consistently shown that the survival of adult shorebirds has decreased due to habitat destruction and hunting, which, combined with lower reproduction rates due to increased nest predation, has led to a one-two punch that has shorebird populations on the ropes. Kubelka and co-authors write that, while the precise causes of the increased nest predation are still unclear, rising global temperatures are likely playing a role: “This increased nest predation is consistent with climate-induced shifts in predator-prey relationships.”Climate change could be driving increased nest predation in several ways, according to the study. For instance, lemmings are a key element in the Arctic food web, but their numbers have also undergone a severe crash due to changes in the region’s snow cover resulting from higher ambient temperature instability over the past several decades, and the lack of lemmings could have led some predators to seek out shorebird nests more often in order to find a meal. Other potential climate-induced drivers include changes in vegetation structure or in the behavior and distribution of nest predators like foxes, which could have made those predators more successful egg hunters.“What is particularly striking about these results is that it is clear that nest losses to predators have risen really quickly in the Arctic over the past 20 years,” Professor Robert Freckleton, a study co-author and the head of the Department for Animal and Plant Sciences at the University of Sheffield, said in a statement.The study linked climate change to a threefold increase in daily nest predation in the Arctic over the last 70 years. Changes to distribution and behavior of predator species like foxes could be the cause. Photo Credit: Pavel Tomkovich.“The precise mechanisms are probably quite complex, but overall it looks like changes in climate are playing a leading role in driving such changes both in the Arctic and at a global scale as well. This is particularly threatening for this group of birds as large numbers of species are declining anyway — and many have formerly relied on the Arctic to provide relative safe breeding grounds.”Co-author Tamás Székely, a professor at the University of Bath, said that the study’s findings were “alarming.” He called planet Earth “a fragile planet with complex ecosystems” and said that “changes in predator-prey interactions can lead to cascading effects through the food web with detrimental consequences for many organisms thousands of kilometres away.”The migration of shorebirds from the Arctic to the tropics is one of the largest movements of biomass in the world, Székely added, “But with increased nest predation, the babies are no longer making this journey with their parents. This could be the last nail in the coffin for critically endangered species such as the Spoonbill Sandpiper.”Study co-author Tamás Székely said increased nest predation “could be the last nail in the coffin” for critically endangered like the Spoon-billed Sandpiper (Calidris pygmea). Photo Credit: Pavel Tomkovich.CITATION• Kubelka, V., Šálek, M., Tomkovich, P., Végvári, Z., Freckleton, R. P., & Székely, T. (2018). Global pattern of nest predation is disrupted by climate change in shorebirds. Science, 362(6415), 680-683. doi:10.1126/science.aat8695 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 Mike Gaworeckicenter_img Animal Behavior, Animals, Arctic Animals, Birds, Climate Change, Critically Endangered Species, Endangered Species, Environment, Global Warming, Impact Of Climate Change, Predators, Research, Wildlife last_img read more

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‘Liverpool were mocked for this deal but he’s the signing of the summer!’

first_img1 Liverpool’s teenage summer signing Joe Gomez has lined up in both of the Reds’ pre-season friendlies in Australia and his composed performances have drawn praise from Kopites.Most fans appreciate that it is early days and the level of competition has not been high, though, leading to some funny, tongue-in-cheek comments on Twitter.Take a look at some of the best, below… Joe Gomez playing for Liverpool last_img

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KILLYBEGS LOOKS TO THE FUTURE WITH POSITIVE VIEW

first_imgKILLYBEGS today took another step towards diversifying its world-reknowned port by announcing ambitious plans to expand.The town is hoping to attract more offshore energy companies, renewable energy projects and cruise ships.The Donegal County Development Board has supported the the publication of a brochure highlighting Killybegs expertise in the offshore supports business. The brochure was developed in partnership with Killybegs and District Chamber of Commerce, Killybegs Community Council and local business representatives.The Mayor of Dongal Cllr. Cora Harvey said: “The publication of the brochure signals the beginning of a concerted effort by everyone to promote Killybegs as an offshore support base.“Killybegs is a port ready for the 21st century.”She added: “Offshore energy exploration will not only benefit the port and its immediate environs, but also the wider county with opportunities for new job creation and training.” KILLYBEGS LOOKS TO THE FUTURE WITH POSITIVE VIEW was last modified: April 6th, 2011 by gregShare 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:Cora HarveyKillybegsoffshore oil industrylast_img read more

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JSB GETS READY TO MAKE SWEET MUSIC ON TONIGHT’S APPRENTICE!

first_imgDonegal’s Apprentice star Joanne Sweeney-Burke is to step up to the plate this evening when she appears on the second installment of the hit TV3 show.The Letterkenny businesswoman will be chosen as Team Zest’s Project Manager.The task this evening will see contestants choose and market a new Irish band and unveil them at the Grand Canal Theatre in Dublin. Joanne has so far kept a low profile but all that is expected to change this evening when Joanne shows her true grit.At one stage Joanne is questioned in her role as PM by another contestant – and she quickly puts the threat down.An Apprentice insider told Doneagldaily.com “Joanne bursts onto the scene tonight and shows what she is capable of.“I think she quietly impresses Bill and let’s just say – we don’t think she’ll be packing her Samsonite suitcase just yet.”! EndsJSB GETS READY TO MAKE SWEET MUSIC ON TONIGHT’S APPRENTICE! was last modified: October 10th, 2011 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:Joanne Sweeney-BurkeThe Apprenticelast_img read more

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Kings re-sign Belanger, avoid arbitration

first_imgLOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Kings signed Eric Belanger to a one-year contract on Wednesday, avoiding salary arbitration with the 28-year-old center. Belanger had career highs in goals (17), points (37)and penalty minutes (62) for the Kings this past season. His 20 assists tied his previous high. Selected by the Kings as the 96th player in the 1995 NHL entry draft, Belanger has spent his entire career with Los Angeles. He has 63 goals and 87 assists in 323 regular-season games. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2160Want 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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Who needs Ozil and Sanchez? Arsenal’s possible line-up with three new signings

first_img 11 11 11 11 7. Centre midfield: Jack Wilshere 11 11 11 4. Centre back: Nacho Monreal 2. Centre back: Laurent Koscielny 11 11 11 9. Attacking midfield: Raheem Sterling 1. Goalkeeper: Peter Gulacsi – see the full possible Arsenal line-up by clicking the arrow above, right 11 6. Centre midfield: Aaron Ramsey 10. Attacking midfield: Nabil Fekir 3. Centre back: Shkodran Mustafi The Arsenal team might soon be without main attractions Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez, so Arsene Wenger will surely have a list of replacements drawn up.Both players’ contracts expire at the end of the season, so, provided they refuse to renew their deal, the club can either sell in January or they’ll be leaving on a free next summer.Who, then, could come in and take their place? And will Wenger be tempted to freshen up other positions?Scroll through the gallery above to see a possible Arsenal line-up featuring three new signings. 5. Right wing-back: Hector Bellerin 8. Left wing-back: Sead Kolasinac 11. Centre forward: Alexandre Lacazettelast_img read more

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Project dedicates trees to 9-11 victims; 20 planted at fire station in Sun Valley

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPhotos: At LA County Jail, Archbishop José H. Gomez celebrates Christmas Mass with inmates“After that we all walked a little differently, we all felt a little differently. Each tree planted allows us to go back to those emotions.” Villaraigosa also announced the creation of “Million Trees LA,” an interactive Web site administered by the Department of Public Works, that will allow residents to plant a tree to acknowledge a relative or friend while helping to beautify the city. The program, Villaraigosa said, represents communities coming together and “planting for the past, while planting for the future.” The Web site, www.milliontreesla.org, includes a live “current tree count,” with the goal of planting 1 million. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SUN VALLEY – Nearly five years after the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and civic leaders announced plans Thursday to plant a tree for each of the 343 New York City firefighters who died in the collapse of the Twin Towers. The project is part of “United We Plant,” a program launched in Los Angeles four years ago, with a tree designated for each of the 2,996 victims of 9-11. Among the last 500-or-so trees still to be planted will include those representing the fallen firefighters. On Thursday, 20 trees were planted near Fire Station No. 77 in Sun Valley in a ceremony that included the burial of dove feathers and leaves collected from Ground Zero. “September 11th brought positive emotions: compassion, love, and kindness for one another,” said Sharyn Romano, president of the Hollywood/Los Angeles Beautification Team, which is spearheading the effort. last_img read more

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Leeds vs Wigan live on talkSPORT 2: Full commentary and team news

first_imgLeeds will be looking to keep pace with Championship leaders Norwich when they host Wigan today.The big game will be live on talkSPORT 2 and here’s how you can tune in to catch it. EFL result Leeds lose at Fulham, West Brom held, Charlton’s winless run continues Leeds vs Wigan: How to listenFull commentary from Elland Road will be live on talkSPORT 2, with our coverage getting underway from 2:30pm.Ian Danter and Simon Grayson will bring you all the build-up and commentary and to tune in to the action just click here for the live stream or click the radio player below.You can also listen through the talkSPORT App, on DAB Digital Radio or on MW 1053 or 1089.For more information about how to listen LIVE on talkSPORT click here.Leeds vs Wigan: Kick-off timeThe Championship clash will get underway at 3pm on Friday, April 19.Leeds won the reverse fixture in November 2-1 thanks to goals from Pablo Hernandez and Kemar Roofe. Cardiff and Preston play out stalemate in Championship early kick-off LATEST CHAMPIONSHIP NEWS Hull defender MacDonald given all-clear after battle with bowel cancer 1 stalemate REPLY center_img goalless ROUND-UP Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds take on Wigan today Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship GREAT NEWS Leeds vs Wigan: Line-upsLeeds: Casilla, Ayling, Jansson, Berardi, Alioski, Phillips, Hernandez, Roberts, Klich, Harrison, Bamford.Subs: Peacock-Farrell, Forshaw, Roofe, Dallas, Davis, Shackleton, Clarke.Wigan: Walton, Byrne, Dunkley, Kipre, Robinson, James, Morsy, Massey, Lee Evans, Naismith, Clarke.Subs: Gibson, Windass, Roberts, Powell, Olsson, Owen Evans, Garner. Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Bannan penalty helps Sheffield Wednesday strengthen grip on play-off place last_img read more