Experts warn: As G-20 tariffs drop, carbon emissions skyrocket

first_img 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 Genevieve Belmaker Corporate Environmental Transgressors, Corporate Responsibility, Corporate Role In Conservation, Corporations, Forests, Governance, Rainforests, Supply Chain, Tropical Forests center_img A study published by researchers in Japan shows that tariff reductions by G-20 countries will sharply increase global carbon dioxide emissions.In some countries, cheaper imports would lead to “embodied carbon emissions” rising by more than 100%.Experts say the findings demonstrate that trade arrangements have a heavy impact on emissions that outweighs the effect of national climate policies. When the Trump administration slapped tariffs on aluminum and other products imported to the United States in early 2018, the move was widely seen as a major turn from a decades-long international trend toward free and unfettered trade. For years, through agreements hammered out at the World Trade Organization and via bilateral trade deals such as North American Free Trade Agreement, tariffs on imports across the world have steadily declined.Supporters of this trend say that it has made countries richer and helped to tackle global poverty.But a recent study published by researchers at Japan’s Kyushu University and the Research Institute for Humanity and Nature says that lower tariffs have come at a heavy cost to the climate. Future reductions by G-20 countries – the 20 largest economies in the world – are likely to lead to increases in global carbon emissions. As the world struggles to address climate change, these researchers say if policymakers don’t account for the impact of lower tariffs on the amount of carbon released into the atmosphere, agreements like the Paris climate accord won’t be nearly as effective as hoped.“We’re trying to argue that national environmental policies don’t work sometimes,” Keiichiro Kanemoto, an associate professor at the Research Institute for Humanity and Nature, said in an interview with Mongabay. “If we abolish tariffs for more free and open trade, it’s likely to do more harm.”Government goalsIn the modern world, deciding which carbon emissions are anthropogenic (human caused) and which are not has become very complicated. Image by Rhett A. Butler/Mongabay.Achieving national economic growth through trade has been a central goal of international diplomacy for decades, with the world’s most powerful countries pushing for reduced tariffs and open borders for investment. But the environmental impact of this growth has been severe, with carbon emissions associated with cross-border trade skyrocketing. Now, as countries commit to reducing their national carbon emissions through agreements like the Paris agreement, they’re often separately negotiating trade deals that will cause a steep rise in emissions elsewhere.The study projects that “embodied carbon emissions” – the amount of carbon released into the atmosphere via consumption of imports – would rise significantly if tariff barriers were to drop or be eliminated. While the Trump administration has raised some tariffs to pressure its trading partners to accept more favorable terms, in most countries, tariffs have dropped significantly in recent decades. The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership that went into effect in December 2018, for example, led to tariff reductions in six countries. Taken together, the economies of the 11 countries involved in the pact represent more than 13% of the global gross domestic product.As tariffs are reduced in a given country, the prices of imported goods drop, leading to a higher demand for them. If those goods are produced in countries with lax environmental standards, that can cause a massive rise in carbon emissions as companies kick into higher gear to meet that demand. The study focused on G-20 countries, calculating that a 1% cut to tariffs on natural gas imports alone in those countries would result in 2,779 additional metric tons (3,038 tons) of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere per year.In a scenario in which those countries were to remove their tariff barriers altogether, the study indicates that the impact on the climate would be overwhelming. Under this “zero tariff” scenario, increased consumption of imports in just the five “BRICS” countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) would cause an additional 72,307 metric tons (79,705 tons) of carbon dioxide to be released into the atmosphere per year.Tariff-risky industriesUndisturbed primary Amazon forest is more efficient at storing carbon than degraded forest, regenerating forest, croplands and pasture. All of these complexities need to be considered when calculating a nation’s greenhouse gas emissions. Image by Rhett A. Butler/MongabayAccording to the study, increased demand in the mining and manufacturing sectors resulting from lower tariffs would lead to a particularly large rise in carbon emissions. Were Saudi Arabia to eliminate tariffs in those two sectors, for example, the study predicts that carbon dioxide emissions associated with imports to that country would rise by nearly 250% per year. For Mexico and Argentina, the increase would be over 150%.“This is very big compared to what was previously thought,” Kanemoto said.The study points toward the deep impact of international trade on the effort to tackle climate change. And experts say that for climate strategies to work, negotiations over trade agreements can’t be disassociated from the debate over how to achieve reductions in national carbon emissions.“At all these different levels, you’re seeing trade rules run into climate goals,” said Ben Lilliston, director of climate strategies at the Minnesota-based Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy. Lilliston has also published research about the impact of free trade agreements on carbon emissions.“The lowering of tariffs through trade agreements has facilitated this offshoring of emissions, and now if we want to address that, we’re going to have to not just address emissions within our country, but also within what we’re importing,” Lilliston said. “That’s going to require a really serious reconsideration of trade deals and how they work.”According to Kanemoto, the study demonstrates that the implementation of national emissions policies alone won’t be enough to address climate change, particularly when companies can move production to countries with weak environmental laws and still take advantage of lower tariffs.“Policymakers have to think at the global level,” he said. “We need a situation where global carbon tax rates don’t change country by country. Otherwise, companies can avoid regulations.”Banner image: In addition to carbon, the forests of tropical protected areas also house wildlife like this brown capuchin in Brazil. Photo by Rhett A. Butler.Ashoka Mukpo is a freelance journalist with expertise in international development policy, human rights, and environmental issues. His work has been featured in Al-Jazeera, Vice News, The Nation, The Guardian, and elsewhere. Follow him on Twitter at @unkyoka.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.last_img read more

Senators Enraged by Widespread “Illegal Logging”

first_imgMembers of the Senate were outraged yesterday after a communication from River Cess County accusing logging companies of illegal logging there was read before that body. In his communication dated April 12, Senator Francis Paye informed his colleagues of the expiration of agreements entered into with the Liberian government, some three years ago, by few logging companies currently operating in his county. However, Senator Paye raised concern that the said companies, which he did not name, are still carrying on logging, which he said is in “flagrant violation of the Concessions and Investment Laws without the thought towards ratifying said agreements. We consider the act as total defiance of the laws and cannot now and hereafter allow such illegal operations to continue without appropriate legal steps followed.”The Rivercess Lawmaker requested the Senate plenary to invite Forestry Development Authority (FDA) Managing Director, Harrison S. Karnwea, before that body to provide all information relative to the alleged illegal operations of logging companies in River Cess. Buttressing Senator Paye’s letter, Grand Kru County Senator Peter Coleman said that in consonance with the new Forestry Law, there is always an attached social agreement which gives the communities certain benefits. He maintained that concession agreements are tied to the conclusion of social agreements by the logging company in the communities where logging activities are carried out. Quoting the Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) in line with the European Union, Senator Coleman noted that no log can be shipped, especially to Europe, if there is not an attached signed social agreement between the logging company and the community. “I am perplexed by the fact that these logging companies in Rivercess still continue to ship logs when their social agreement have expired. That is in contravention of the new Forestry Law and I think the FDA that monitors these things as an entity of the government must be called to answer these questions,” said Sen. Coleman.A majority of the Senators agreed with Senator Coleman, but others blamed the loggers’ alleged violations on the poor oversight by committees responsible to monitor and ensure compliance.For his part, Rivercess Senator Dallas A. V. Gueh recalled communicating to the Senate about the need to review all concessions in the country, “taking into consideration that Rivercess is disenfranchised from all of its due benefits. These concessionaires operating in the county have gone more than five years without revision of their contracts; without entering into new social agreements; yet they are exporting logs through the Port of Buchanan in contravention of the Liberian and European Union laws.”Following a lengthy debate, a unanimous vote decided to send the communication to the committees on Concessions and Investment; Forestry and Agriculture; and Judiciary, with the mandate that they meet with the relevant government agencies, especially the FDA, and report to plenary in two weeks for further action. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Door not slammed on Injera- KRU

first_img“Injera needs to apologise to the national team management and his team mates and then we will reconsider bringing him back to the squad. The team is still training for Hong Kong sevens and the players are not considering quitting in his support.“We are seeking to resolve this matter and until communication comes from us, other reports about the situation are not true,” Jalango explained on phone.Mwamba leapt to the defence of Injera by sensationally claiming that he and the other two club players in the national sevens set up, Horace Otieno and Dennis Ombachi are not in possession of “executed copies of the said contracts.”“How is it possible for someone to sign a contract and retain no copy? The player is being misguided here,” the director posed.Mwamba also slammed allegations that Injera skipped four training sessions, a decision that led to the termination of his contract saying that the player only skipped sessions held on February 22 and Monday 25.“They are not the ones who log in the register of our sessions and as such, are not in a position to establish accurately when he was there or not,” Jalango who called to an end to the shouting match between the parties responded.Mwamba subsequently lifted the suspensions they had imposed on Injera alongside Otieno and Ombachi for failing to honour their Kenya Cup semi-final tie alleging it was KRU that forced the trio to miss the encounter that saw them fall 19-18 to Strathmore.“Injera has always been a model sportsman and disciplined member of the club over the years and the KRU is now punishing him in order to settle scores with Mwamba RFC and intimidate the club over its stance over the rights to own our players.“Injera only finds himself finds himself in the cross fire of this club versus country dispute. What we ask is why is Injera the only player targeted in this issue.”On Wednesday, KRU chairman, Mwangi Muthee speaking from South Africa where he is attending a seminar insisted indiscipline would not be tolerated in the squad.Kenya are training for the sixth HSBC World Series leg in Hong Kong that will run from March 22 to 24 as the country seeks to recover from their limp outing at Las Vegas Sevens.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya, February 28- The door has not been shut on Collins Injera in the national sevens team set-up, the director of national team and elite performance at Kenya Rugby Union (KRU), Philip Jalango revealed on Thursday.Speaking to Capital Sport, the official said the decision to terminate his contract with the national side was still binding but the Union was seeking a solution even after Injera’s club, Mwamba RFC claimed their man was being victimised by KRU due to a dispute over player ownership with them.last_img read more

Ingwe deny hiring Italian coach

first_imgHe also conceded they have received many applications from foreign tacticians including Filipini to succeed the Harambee Stars assistant coach who is under fire after a slow start to the season.“AFC Leopards have not made any changes in the technical bench and on behalf of the club as the spokesman, I want to assure our fans and members that Nandwa is still our head coach assisted by Mickey Weche, Washington Muhanji as the goalkeeper trainer and Francis Xavier as the team manager,” Aladwa told.He stressed, “We have not appointed, Italian Emanuele Filippini as our new coach and I dismiss the report appearing in today’s papers.”The Secretary General who has called a press conference on Tuesday next week to clarify the matter, called upon fans to turn up in large numbers on Saturday as Ingwe takes on Bandari in the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) Top-Eight knockout opener at Nakuru’s Afraha Stadium.Even as the speculation on his future continues unabated, Nandwa was up beat they will give their best against the Dockers, urging his side not to underrate them after they were boosted by 2-1 win against league champions Gor Mahia last weekend.“To play in a knock-out match is very difficult so we will approach the game with our heads high, opening the game but at the same time being cautious. We have been creating chances and that why I field many midfielders, but our problem is on the finishing.“Bandari is a good team since they have good forwards who will make the match difficult but all and all our intention is to win and make it to the semi-finals,” the Harambee Stars assistant tactician explained.However, the coach urged fans to criticize the team positively since changing of the technical bench will not solve anything.“We are working every day to ensure we post good results and no player or coach wants to perform poorly. There is no strategy to win the league our aim is to focus on every match to ensure we win.“Our fans should support the team whether they win, draw or lose since this id their team and not Nandwa’s. Coaches will come and go but the team will remain forever,” he added.The den has received a boost in their squad as forward Jacob Keli who missed Bandari’s match after being involved in a commercial shoot and left back Abadalla Juma, who was injured will be available for selection.Dependable forward Allan Wanga, winger Noah Wafula, keeper Wycliffe Kasaya and skipper Martin Imbalambala are still nursing injuries.As Nandwa boast of having a solid defence, Bandari on the other hand have lethal forwards with the likes of Kepha Aswani and Mohamed Mwachiponi expected to give Ingwe back four the run of their money.On Sunday defending champions Tusker FC will square it out with Sofapaka at Nairobi’s Nyayo National Stadium.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya, March 4 – AFC Leopards have denied appointing Italian Emanuele Filippini, as head coach as reported by a local daily on Friday.Speaking to Capital Sport, Leopards Secretary General George Aladwa said they have not made any changes to the technical bench and James Nandwa remains the head coach.last_img read more

Best things of 2007 highlighted by children

first_imgTODAY’S TOPIC: What is the best thing that happened to you in 2007? Have you ever gone on a road trip? Well, I have! My mom, dad and siblings went on an exciting road trip to Colorado through Arizona and New Mexico. When we arrived in Colorado, I saw a raccoon on the property that my mom and dad bought when I wasn’t even born yet. On the way back from Colorado, I visited Santa Fe, New Mexico. It had a lot of souvenir and gift shops. I bought a dead scorpion embedded in glass and a T-shirt with a map of Santa Fe as souvenirs. Then we drove back to Arizona where we visited the Grand Canyon Deer Farm. It was interesting to feed and pet the deer. It felt ticklish and gross. Before it was time to leave, I bought another souvenir, a long toy school bus. When it is pushed backwards, it moves forwards. Before we left Arizona we picked up some small lava rocks. It was a blast! Visiting Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico was the most exciting road trip ever! It was my favorite event in 2007. – Geo Lopez, 9 Castaic Elementary In 2007 my favorite thing was I was getting picked up from school and my mom says we’re picking up Ingrid, who is one of my best friends. When we picked her up both of us did not know what was happening. Ingrid’s mom, Susan, said it will be cold. We soon found out we were going to Santa Barbara, but where? When we were near Santa Barbara we overheard my mom saying something about the Santa Barbara Bowl. I remembered the concert playing that night was Gwen Stefani. We were so happy. We had a great time at Gwen Stefani’s concert! – Phoebe Brown, 10 Live Oak Elementary Castaic Looking back at the year 2007, my best memories were when I did a count down in school to know how many books I had read throughout the season! I have to say that was really interesting to me. Another project we did was to write letters to the elves in the North Pole and they really wrote back! That was shocking to happen to us. What I also enjoyed this year was when I went to the American Girl store with my dad because I got perfect grades in my class. Those were really fun memories that I will treasure and I can remember them through my older years when I am grown. – Jordan Anderson, 8 Castaic Elementary Castaic This year many great things have happened to me but there is one in particular that makes me smile every time I think about it. I am grateful for being a 6th grader because we have so many newfound responsibilities like meeting and greeting people who are coming to observe our school. Also, I get to have a kindergarten buddy and treat him like my brother. Also, I am the second oldest student in the school and I am at the head and leading grade in school. – Wyatt Winborne, 12 Oakwood School North Hollywood 2007 was the best year because I made it to 5th grade. I got to meet my wonderful, funny teacher. Her name is Ms. Delaney. She is a hardworking teacher. Sometimes she is kind of strict but I think that’s good. She gives us nice things like boxes, glue, crayons and much more. The next best thing was that I get to spend all of my time with my friends that I cherish. I love Ms. Delaney and my friends. – Vanessa Obeso, 11 Oxnard Street Elementary North Hollywood In 2007 I went to a football with my dad and stayed until it was over. It took a long time. We had to wait until 4 quarters to leave. It really took a long time. – Aaron Sandoval, 8 Fernangeles Elementary Sun Valley This year I went to San Diego to see my cousin graduate from the U.S. Marines and I got my first Holy Communion. – Enrique Cardenas, 8 Sacred Heart School Lancaster The best thing that happened to me in 2007 was my birthday because we went to the beach with my friend. I got a trampoline and a cake. I jumped on the trampoline for the whole day with my friend, Mike. We did front flips. It was one of my best birthdays. – Matthew Farber, 10 Live Oak Elementary Castaic This year the best thing was I got a new dog. His name is Meeko. I get to play with him. I have fun with him! – Lauren Blodgett, 8 Sacred Heart School Lancaster The best thing that happened to me this year was my birthday. This year I got many pretty things but the most special thing is that my favorite cousin got to come out here. She lives all the way in Long Beach. We were out all day long. We went to Magic Mountain. We went on all different kinds of rides but they didn’t have loops or go upside down. After, when we were waiting for my mom, we ate a funnel cake. We had such a fun day. – Ajah Harrison, 10 Live Oak Elementary Castaic The best thing that happened to me in 2007 was adopting our dog, Hazel. Hazel is a sweet old German shepherd that didn’t have a place to go. So we took her in as a foster dog. After awhile, as all foster dogs are, she was adopted. The catch to this was, the woman who ran the rescue center found out that the family was keeping Hazel chained up in the backyard. So she went and took her back. Because of this, she asked my family if we would like to foster her again while she found a new home. So we said that we would just adopt her. We took sweet old Hazel back and gave her a nice, warm home where she is not only allowed inside, but always allowed to sleep on the bed with us when she wants to. We also gave her two companions, Smudge and Lola, our other dogs. So that is what I consider the best thing that happened to me this year. – Connor Resnick, 11 Oakwood School North Hollywood COMING UP: If you could learn how to play a musical instrument, which one would you choose and why? Draw a picture of yourself playing the instrument Parents and teachers should make sure that the student’s name, address, age and school are CLEARLY PRINTED on the letters and the backs of drawings. Pictures should be drawn using black or dark blue ink on white, unlined paper. Drawings must be no larger than a standard, 8 1/2-by-11 inch sheet of paper. The deadline is Jan. 1 and letters will be printed Jan. 8. Letters received after the deadline cannot be considered. Send entries to Kids’ Daily News, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365-4200. 160Want 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 MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonCastaic The best thing that happened to me was incredible because I was playing basketball with my school team. When we got in the gym, the ref told us all the rules, how to play and what not to do. Then we started the game and the other team was winning by two points. Then we had three seconds to shoot the ball into the hoop. My friend passed the ball to me and I made it before the time was over. – Jonathan Veliz, 10 Lemay Elementary Van Nuys last_img read more

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says players have freedom to hold clubs to ransom

first_imgArsene Wenger believes modern day players’ freedom of movement has allowed transfer sagas to become the norm.Chelsea’s Diego Costa and West Ham’s Dimitri Payet have been heavily linked with big money moves to China and France, with the duo reportedly refusing to play for their clubs in recent games.The Gunners face an ongoing battle of their own to tie down Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil to new contracts, as the pair enter the final 18 months of their deals at the Emirates.And Wenger believes the opportunity for players to pick and choose where they play their football has put their clubs in a weak position.“In every club the problem is different,” said Wenger.“When you have a problem with one player, it does not mean the whole squad is unhappy, sometimes it is just one puncture problem.“But overall, the players have everything today to be happier than 20 or 40 years ago. Because they are treated very well, [have a] fantastic income, and they have the freedom of movement internationally, which we didn’t have when we played.“I remember the time you sign somewhere and you were linked with the whole club for your whole career – you could not even move. So today, there is much more freedom on that front.”Costa was reportedly offered £30million-a-year to join Chinese side Tianjin Quanjian before missing his side’s convincing win over champions Leicester City.And with the added competition, Wenger admitted he fears players could essentially hold their clubs to ransom.“The danger is that the Chinese offers become the benchmark for Europe and you cannot compete with that.“But I still think at the moment – when you’re a football player – the first thing you want is to play against the best players and the best teams.”last_img read more

Robbers carry out 2nd heist

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesFBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said based on the men’s description and other factors, the group appears to be connected to other bank robberies in the Los Angeles area. “They’re believed to be connected to Tuesday’s robbery as well as a group that’s committed up to a dozen robberies in Los Angeles County (since April),” Eimiller said. In the latest bank robbery, the men stormed into the Westlake Village branch and ordered the customers to lie on the floor. Two of the robbers jumped over the counter and took an undisclosed amount of money from the vault, police said. They were seen leaving the area in a green Pontiac Grand Am, which sheriff’s deputies spotted on the Ventura Freeway near the Parkway Calabasas exit in Los Angeles County. The car left the freeway at the Fallbrook Avenue exit in Woodland Hills, and deputies pursued it on surface streets. But because of heavy traffic and to avoid endangering the public, deputies slowed down and the robbers got away. Their car was eventually found abandoned in the area. At least two of the robbers are then believed to have stolen a gardener’s truck to get away and another is believed to have fled on foot. Also on Thursday, a man was arrested in Van Nuys in connection with the 9 a.m. robbery of a Bank of America branch in Woodland Hills. The 35-year-old man is suspected in a series of bank robberies, Eimiller said. Police said the man, whose name was not immediately released, handed a note to a teller before escaping in a car with an undetermined amount of money. A description of the vehicle led police to the suspect, said Los Angeles police Detective Paul Coulter. Anyone with information on the robberies can call the FBI at (310) 477-6565. (818) 713-3699160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WESTLAKE VILLAGE – The same men who posed as security guards while robbing a Sun Valley bank earlier this week are believed to have held up a Santa Barbara Bank and Trust branch Thursday, authorities said. The heist, at 101 N. Westlake Blvd., occurred shortly after noon, said Capt. Guy Stewart of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department. The three to four black men, who did not appear to use any firearm or weapon in Thursday’s heist, fled with an unknown amount of cash. No one was injured. At least two of them were dressed as security guards, but unlike the robbery Tuesday at Mission Valley Bank in Sun Valley, the robbers did not conceal their faces. last_img read more

Hartley: We will stick to our physical game to lift cup

first_img“From day one in the first training session I saw the standards that the gaffer sets in training and the standard of the boys here, the will to win and the will to learn,” he said. “We’ve got no bad eggs. We’re a hard-working group of lads, very grounded and we take every day as it comes. “We go into every game with no fear and we just go out there and give everything we’ve got and what happens, happens.That togetherness, along with victories against Aberdeen and Rangers, has Hartley confident Motherwell can end their 26-year wait for silverware.“I fully believe we can get a result,” he said. “I think we’ve got a great group of lads and we’ve shown that we’re no pushover. “It’s not a fluke or luck that we’ve beaten Aberdeen because we’ve scored five goals against them in three games. “I know Celtic’s a completely different team to Aberdeen but we’re going out there with full belief.”He added: “We’ve earned the right to be there and we should go out and enjoy it but those games have gone now and now we’ve got Celtic three times in six days. “The only game we’re concentrating on is the final, which is the first game on Sunday.” “It’s a contact sport, isn’t it?” he asked. “Go and play basketball if you want a non-contact sport.“We’re a physical team. If we try to play Celtic at their game, they’re going to beat us. We’ve got to play our game and being physical, getting on to second balls, being organised and drilled is what we’re about.“We’re not going to change the way we are.”The defender, who joined the club in the summer transfer window, said he sensed immediately the potential the team held. Motherwell defender Peter Hartley says they will not change their “physical” approach to play Celtic at their own game in the League Cup final on Sunday.Hartley and his teammates are preparing for Motherwell’s first final since 2011 and he is confident they can take the last step to lift silverware.Questions were asked about the officiating in Motherwell’s win over Rangers in the semi-final of the competition, with both Louis Moult and Fabio Cardoso suffering injuries from elbowing incidents.Hartley said the physical side was part of the game and Motherwell would have to play to their own strengths to come out on top at Hampden.last_img read more

Clarke: Win over Kazakhstan will ‘set us up’ for play-offs

first_imgDespite a few late scares Scotland managed to see out the victory and move up to to third in their qualifying group despite a well struck goal by George Efrem to cancel out the Celtic man’s opener.They also had an early reprieve when Efrem’s shot bounced off the underside of the bar and appeared to cross the line. But the goal was not given.Clarke is now desperate to build a winning mentality ahead of the play-offs in March after a four-match losing streak ended their automatic qualification hopes. He said: “It was important to build on the San Marino victory. Steve Clarke is hoping his side can continue their winning run all the way to Euro 2020 after they beat Cyprus 2-1. The Scotland manager says a win over Kazakhstan in their next fixture, in what would be their third win in a row, would ‘set them up nicely’ for next year’s play-offs where they are two games away from their first major tournament since 1998.Clarke was speaking after John McGinn swept home a 53rd minute winner to win the game in Nicosia. Ryan Christie had earlier put them ahead with a spectacular effort in the first half. “We knew coming here would be a difficult game because it was a difficult game at Hampden in June, a very similar game where we got ourselves in front and I thought when we went in front we were the better team. “Second half we conceded to another set play or second phase from a set play, but it was a wonderful strike, you have to give the lad Efrem credit. “The reaction to that was great, getting ourselves back in front with a really good team goal. And then we showed a little bit of resilience to get the three points we wanted. “I’m not going to sit here and say it was a fantastic performance. It was a good performance. And sometimes when you are coming out of the run of games we are coming out of, it’s more important to win than the performance. “The win was crucial for us because it gives us the opportunity to go home against Kazakhstan, another three points and that would set us up nicely for the play-off games in March.” Clarke was delighted to see his side brush off the disappointment of conceding after they capitulated in a 4-0 reverse in Russia last month. “The response was really pleasing because we spoke about it at half-time, funnily enough,” he said. “I pointed out to them that at 0-0 in Russia at half-time everyone felt quite good in the dressing-room and our reaction to the adversity of losing the first goal over there wasn’t great. “So we spoke about it and the reaction to their goal was really good. We got ourselves back in front with a great team goal.” Clarke was not convinced Efrem’s early effort was a goal. “I’ve seen the stills but stills are confusing. “I wouldn’t go on the live pictures or the pictures that are in play, it’s very difficult to say that ball is over the line and if the officials have the same doubt then they can’t give the goal.Shimon felt the incident was the “decisive moment in the game”. He added: “To lead after six minutes would have been crucial. It was half a metre inside. “I never speak about referees but it was a poor performance.” Meanwhile, Clarke allayed injury concerns over Steven Naismith after taking the striker off immediately after he went down clutching his leg. “Steven is fine. “The substitution was already going ahead.”last_img read more

Buncrana organisations issue open letter to Taoiseach on Swan Park

first_imgBuncrana’s business, sporting and community organisations have today issued an open letter to the Taoiseach calling on him to work with his Ministerial colleagues to provide the necessary funding in the upcoming Budget to restore and reopen Swan Park.The major Inishowen attraction has been permanently closed since flash flooding destroyed the area last summer.Organisations such as Buncrana Chamber of Commerce, The Amazing Grace Initiative and Buncrana GAA released a joint letter, it said: 11 September 2018Taoiseach, We the undersigned call on you to work with your Ministerial colleagues to provide the funding necessary in the upcoming Budget to restore and reopen Swan Park, Buncrana. With thanks, Buncrana Tidy Towns, Buncrana Chamber of Commerce, Buncrana GAA, Buncrana Anglers, Insight Inishowen, The Exchange, The Amazing Grace Initiative, West Inishowen History & Heritage, Wild InishowenBuncrana organisations issue open letter to Taoiseach on Swan Park was last modified: September 10th, 2018 by Shaun KeenanShare 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:An Taoiseach Leo VaradkarbuncranaInishowenSwan Parklast_img read more