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first_img…and out PHOTOS BY JEFF GRANIT staff Two of the Shore Conference’s top wrestlers ran out of steam at the state wrestling championships in Atlantic City over the weekend. St. John Vianney’s Anthony Castro (top) couldn’t get past Randolph’s Matt Kaplan in their 130-pound quarterfinal bout, while Middletown North’s Frank Molinaro (above) couldn’t maintain control over Paulsboro’s Bryan Tracy in their 119–pound wrestleback.last_img

Tall and old or dense and young: Which kind of forest is better for the climate?

first_imgArticle published by Morgan Erickson-Davis carbon, Carbon Sequestration, Climate Change, Environment, Forest Destruction, Forests, Global Warming, Global Warming Mitigation, Green, Logging, Rainforest Destruction, Rainforests, Research, Temperate Forests, Tropical Forests Paul Koberstein and Jessica Applegate are editors of Cascadia Times, an environmental journal based in Portland, Oregon. Scientists say reforestation and better forest management can provide 18 percent of climate change mitigation through 2030. But studies appear to be divided about whether it’s better to prioritize the conservation of old forests or the replanting of young ones.A closer look, however, reconciles these two viewpoints. While young forests tend to absorb more carbon overall because trees can be crowded together when they’re small, a tree’s carbon absorption rate accelerates as it ages. This means that forests comprised of tall, old trees – like the temperate rainforests of North America’s Pacific coast – are some of the planet’s biggest carbon storehouses.But when forests are logged, their immense stores of carbon are quickly released. A study found the logging of forests in the U.S. state of Oregon emitted 33 million tons of CO2 – almost as much as the world’s dirtiest coal plant.Researchers are calling on industry to help buffer climate change by doubling tree harvest rotations to 80 years, and urge government agencies managing forests to impose their own harvest restrictions. In 2007, Richard Branson, the British business magnate, offered a $25 million prize to anyone who can invent a device capable of removing significant volumes of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.Andy Kerr, a noted Oregon environmentalist, drew a picture of a tree and sent it in. After all, a tree performs the job of sucking carbon out of the air far better than any technology yet devised by humans. But Kerr didn’t win, foiled by contest rules specifying the winner must be the inventor of such a device, and it’s certain neither Kerr nor anyone else invented the tree. An artificial tree might win if it could perform the implausible feat of inhaling CO2.Kerr’s idea, however, was rooted more in the climate benefits provided by an entire forest rather than just a single tree. These benefits can be enormous, according to “Natural Climate Solutions,” a paper published in 2017 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.The paper asserts better management of forests, wetlands and farmland can provide 37 percent of the cost-effective climate mitigation needed through 2030. Forests alone can provide 18 percent of the mitigation, according to a statement published last year by the Climate and Land Alliance and signed by an international group of 40 scientists.“The ‘natural technology’ of forests is currently the only proven means of removing and storing atmospheric CO2 at a scale that can meaningfully contribute to achieving carbon balance,” the 40 scientists said. “The world’s forests contain more carbon than exploitable oil, gas, and coal deposits, hence avoiding forest carbon emissions is just as urgent as halting fossil fuel use.”The Amazon Rainforest is one of the world’s most important carbon sinks.Last year, the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warned we have only until 2030 to act if we hope to limit global warming to moderate levels.Forests cool the atmosphere by inhaling CO2 through the process of photosynthesis and storing or sequestering it in roots, trunks, branches, needles and leaves. Half a tree’s weight is carbon. Although every backyard vegetable garden absorbs some amount of carbon, a rainforest takes in exponentially more. For this reason, rainforests and other large terrestrial ecosystems made up of dense vegetation are known as “carbon sinks.”Kerr lives at the edge of a temperate rainforest straddling the west coast of North America from the redwoods of Northern California into Alaska, the largest contiguous temperate rainforest in the world. Few ecosystems anywhere match its capacity to absorb and store carbon. Trees in the temperate rainforest, among the tallest in the world, live for 800 years or more.The expansive Amazon tropical rainforest of South America is one of the world’s largest carbon sinks. But on a per-acre basis, the Amazon is not nearly as efficient at absorbing carbon as the coastal temperate rainforest. The Douglas fir forests of Oregon and the hemlock and cedar forests of Alaska store about twice as much carbon per acre as the Amazon. The giant redwoods of Northern California, which store seven times as much, are regarded as the most carbon dense forests in the world.The temperate rainforest is a “carbon storage powerhouse,” says John Talberth of the Portland, Ore.-based advocacy group Center for a Sustainable Economy (CSE). “If allowed to mature, Pacific Northwest forests can capture and store more carbon than almost any terrestrial ecosystem on Earth.”Pound-for-pound, North America’s temperate rainforests – like this one on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington – beat tropical rainforests when it comes to carbon storage.The problem is most mature trees in the rainforest have been cut down and young ones are not allowed to mature. Outside conservation areas like national parks and wilderness, ancient groves are converted to industrial tree farms by the timber industry.After cutting down every old growth tree it can get its hands on, the industry typically plants a young sapling in its place. The saplings grow for about 40 years on average until the next harvest. Then the cycle repeats again and again.This business model might be good for timber industry profits, but what does it do to the climate?Sara Duncan, a spokeswoman for the Oregon Forest Industry Council, a lobbying group, claims this business model is good for both profits and the climate. She says old growth trees store a lot of carbon, but like everything else, old growth trees eventually die. If they aren’t harvested and converted into wood products, they will fall down in a windstorm, burn up in a wildfire or meet their fate some other way. Eventually they will release all their stored carbon content back to the atmosphere.The industry’s solution to the climate crisis is to log the trees, truck them to the mill, and store the carbon in 2-by-4s, plywood boards and toilet paper. Eventually, however, the carbon in these products will still return to the atmosphere one day.But is there a more climate-friendly way to manage our forests? Can we get more climate mitigation from a forest if we don’t cut it down every 40 years? The science suggests we can.In 2014, a study published in Nature by a team an international team of researchers led Nathan Stephenson, a forest ecologist with the United States Geographical Survey, found that a typical tree’s growth continues to accelerate throughout its lifetime, which in the coastal temperate rainforest can be 800 years of more.Stephenson and his team compiled growth measurements of 673,046 trees belonging to 403 tree species from tropical, subtropical and temperate regions across six continents. They found that the growth rate for most species “increased continuously” as they aged.“This finding contradicts the usual assumption that tree growth eventually declines as trees get older and bigger,” Stephenson says. “It also means that big, old trees are better at absorbing carbon from the atmosphere than has been commonly assumed.”This giant cedar sucked in a lot of carbon during its 1,000-year life. Photo by Morgan Erickson-Davis.But the science, as usual, is muddy. As Mongabay reported in February, a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in 2019 by Thomas Pugh of the Birmingham Institute of Forest Research in the UK found young forests sequester more carbon per year than old-growth forests.“These findings upend conventional wisdom that old-growth tropical rainforests are the planet’s biggest carbon sinks,” Pugh’s study said. It defined old-growth forests as any stand over 140 years of age.It would appear the two studies contradict each other. But both scientists say they are consistent.“The difference is that Stephenson et al. looked at biomass of individual trees, whereas our study looks at biomass of whole stands of trees,” Pugh said in an email. “Whilst a single tree might continue to pile on more and more biomass, there will be less of such trees in a stand, simply because of their size and as tree stands age, gaps tend to appear due to tree mortality.”“So, our conclusion is actually that young forests are responsible for more of the terrestrial carbon sink than old growth forests,” Pugh said.“Both things are true,” Stephenson said in an email. “Individual tree mass growth rate increases with tree size, but old forests usually absorb carbon more slowly than young forests.”However, the relative growth rates of young and old trees do not tell the entire story.“Older forests store a lot more carbon than young forests and much of it is returned to the atmosphere quickly when harvested and planted with young trees,” says Beverly Law, a professor of global change biology at Oregon State University.By the time it becomes a desk, table or 2-by-4, a log will lose about 70 percent of its carbon, according to Dominick DellaSala, director of the GEOS Institute, an environmental think tank based in Oregon.About 45 percent of the carbon is left on the forest floor, said DellaSala, a member of the Oregon Global Warming Commission Task Force on Forest Carbon. “This includes decomposition of root wads, branches, and tops remaining on site and a little soil carbon. Logging takes nearly half the carbon and puts it into the atmosphere within years.”Trees that fall naturally release their carbon gradually over decades as they decompose.Another 25 percent is lost during manufacturing, he said. And as the finished wood products decay over time, he said, they emit even more.And that doesn’t include carbon emitted by chainsaws, logging trucks and lathes. In 2018, Law led a team of researchers who quantified these and all other carbon emissions as logs move from forest to sawmill. Their paper, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, said logging operations in Oregon contribute an average of 33 million tons of CO2 to the air. This equates to almost as much as the world’s dirtiest coal plant, Taichung Coal Plant in Taiwan, which emits about 36 million tons per year.Moreover, the climate impacts of logging are even greater if you factor in a harvested log’s lost future growth opportunities, Law says. Although her paper makes no attempt to quantify a logged tree’s foregone climate mitigation potential, she acknowledges it could be significant.Law called on the industry to help buffer climate change by doubling harvest rotations to 80 years and urged government agencies managing forests to impose their own harvest restrictions. These and other actions could increase the amount of carbon absorbed by Oregon forests by 56 percent by the year 2100, as well as improve water quality and biodiversity, her paper said. She is conducting a similar analysis for forests in California and Washington.Even after the wood is converted into a wood product, the carbon will likely return to the atmosphere sooner than people might think, Law said.“Old growth trees in the coastal temperate rainforest can sequester carbon for hundreds of years,” she said, “which is much longer than is expected for buildings that are generally assumed to outlive their usefulness or be replaced within several decades.”center_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 Feedback: Use this form to send a message to the editor of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page.last_img read more

Guyana losing millions of US dollars due to incompetence, no clear vision

first_imgDear Editor,The APNU/AFC regime has been conspicuously silent on the progress, or lack thereof, on issues of the Guyana/Norway Agreement. Although this Government has become notorious for its lack of openness and transparency, reticence on this subject is especially surprising, because this partnership is one of the most significant bilateral relationships in Guyana’s history, and one in which the Guyanese people have always been keenly interested.Specifically, there are two main issues for which answers are needed; namely, the status of payments earned under the partnership, and the decision on the Amaila Falls Hydropower Project (AFHP).In May 2015, just days before the elections, I announced that Guyana had earned a fifth payment of US million, which will be transferred to the Guyana REDD+ Investment Fund (GRIF). As a result, when the PPP/C left office in May 2015, Guyana had earned five payments that totalled US0 million.Of this, it will be recalled that US million were deposited in the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) as Government’s equity in the AFHP. The remaining funds were to be held in the GRIF. The funds held in the GRIF were used to develop hinterland communities, promote micro and small business ownership, and enhance drainage on the coast, among other projects.Under my administration, the sixth and final performance assessment was scheduled to be conducted in September 2015. The successful completion of this process would have led to a payment valued up to US million. Further, upon expiry of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Governments, I am confident that the PPP/C Government could have secured a second phase of our partnership with Norway.From various press reports, I have become aware that there has been a ‘no-cost extension’ to the MoU. This means that although the lifetime of the MoU has been extended beyond its expiry date of July 2015, there are no new opportunities for financing.Worse yet, the actions of the APNU/AFC regime resulted in the fifth payment of US million never being transferred to the GRIF, and the US million for the AFHP remain locked away in the IDB. Moreover, the assessment for the sixth and final payment of up to US million has not taken place.Cumulatively, this amounts to US5 million which this Government has failed to access for Guyana’s development.Unfortunately, the APNU/AFC coalition has allowed propaganda and vitriol from the campaign trail to dictate its statements and positions as the Government. Arguably, in no instance is this truer than that of the AFHP. When in opposition, the APNU and the AFC did their utmost to sabotage this important project. They shamelessly voted against it in Parliament, and evidently this practice has continued now that they are in Government.At present, almost nine months have passed since the Norconsult report, which presented an independent evaluation of the AFHP, was released. It must be recalled that the preparation of the report was a joint decision between the Governments of Guyana and Norway, as Ministers Trotman and Jordan represented Guyana in these talks. The Norconsult report definitively stated, “The only realistic path for Guyana towards an emission free electricity sector is by developing its hydropower potential. The fastest way forward is to maintain the AFHP as the first major step for substituting its current oil-fired generation.”Despite the report’s conclusions, the APNU-AFC Government continues to sidestep the issue, and still has not made a decision on whether the AFHP will move forward. In December 2015, the APNU/AFC Government indicated to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) that, conditional upon the availability of resources, Guyana will transition to 100% of its power supply coming from renewable energy generation by 2025.This is an impossibility without the AFHP. Moreover, if this goal is not reached, this regime cannot justifiably argue that financial resources were not available, when US million are sitting in the IDB!This flip-flopping has had dire consequences not only for the country’s development, but also to the Guyana/Norway partnership. In an opinion piece published in March 2017 in the Guyana Chronicle, Per Pharo stated that Norway will be in a position to transfer the US million to the GRIF and to put the US million towards achieving Guyana’s energy transition goal only when the Government announces “a plan for a concrete, realistic and cost effective transition to clean and renewable energy.”The actions of the Government to develop this plan are unknown. However, troubling signals are ever present, as a recent announcement from Robert Badal, in his capacity as Chairman of the Board of the Guyana Power and Light (GPL), indicated that the Government is investigating a transition of Guyana power supply to natural gas. This is completely at odds with the commitments Guyana has made to the international community.The Guyanese people deserve answers. At the moment, all that is clear is the incompetence of the regime. Their small-mindedness and vindictiveness are costing the Guyanese people some US5 million. This sum could go a far way in securing our clean energy supply, and to further develop small and medium size enterprises in our interior and on the coast.The regime must provide that information now. President Granger should go to a press conference and address these issues.Donald RamotarFormer Presidentlast_img read more

Observing lawful and fair termination and dismissal from private and public sector employment

first_imgDear Editor,I would be grateful for the publication of this letter on the issue of observing lawful and fair termination and dismissal from employment, both in the private and public sectors.The right to work and to continue working is guided by national and international laws, the application of which demands principled and fair treatment, without discrimination and with due process and natural justice.The system of industrial relations is informed, influenced, and functions within the norms of national legislation, international labour standards, and regional labour policy of CARICOM. The Constitution of Guyana, the labour laws, and international labour conventions of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) ratified by Guyana as treaty obligations, and, as international law, provide the legal basis, foundation and framework for the conduct of labour relations by the Government, its agencies, and social partners, represented by trade unions and employers and their organizations.Together, these instruments constitute the Labour Code of Guyana.The general declaratory principles of the Constitution of Guyana include the right to work, the right to equality of opportunity and treatment in all aspects of employment, and impose a duty on the State to protect the just rights and interests of citizens.Chapter III of the Constitution affirms the fundamental rights and freedoms of the individual, and entitle every citizen basic rights without distinction and discrimination, regardless of his/her race, origin, political opinions, colour, creed or sex; subject to the rights and freedoms of others and the public interest, to freedom of conscience, of expression, assembly, and association (Articles 40, 145, 146, and 147).The Prevention of Discrimination Act, No. 26 of 1997, protects against unlawful discrimination. Part II, Section 4 of the Act prohibits discrimination on the grounds of: race, sex, religion, colour, ethnic origin, indigenous population, national extraction, social origin, economic status, political opinion, disability, family responsibilities, pregnancy, marital status, or age; except for the purposes of retirement, and restriction on work and employment of minors. The Act also prohibits discrimination against a person by distinction, exclusion or preference, the intent of which is to deny equality of opportunity or treatment in any employment or occupation.Part III, Section 5 of this Act protects against discrimination in employment; for it is unlawful for any employer or his/her agent to discriminate in relation to recruitment, selection, or employment on any grounds, except where genuine occupational qualifications exist in keeping with this Act.These are clear lawful obligations, but there are some serious concerns about the actions of employers or their agents on the application of fairness in bringing an employment relationship to an end by termination, dismissal, or constructive dismissal. The application of fairness relates to:i) Procedural fairness, requiring that an end of employment should be in accordance with a fair procedure; andii) substantive fairness, which requires that there should be a fair reason for ending an employment contract.The usual valid grounds for termination by employers or their agents must:i) relate to work performance issues;ii) a series of work-related infractions not so serious as to warrant summary dismissal;iii) serious misconduct;iv) by mutual consent;v) by required notice;vi) for reasons of redundancy relating to the operational requirements of the enterprise; andvii) end of contract without the option for renewal. Where there is an option for the renewal of an employment contract at the end of the current contract, there must be valid reasons, based on one of the seven grounds listed above, for the non-renewal. End of an optional renewal of a contract must not be used as pretext, excuse, or reason for preferential replacements.The valid grounds for summary dismissal under the Termination of Employment and Severance Pay Act No 19 of 1997 must relate to the capacity and conduct of the employee at work for good and sufficient cause relating to serious misconduct on the job. Section 4 of this Act states clearly the several reasons which are not valid or constitute good or sufficient cause for dismissal or for disciplinary action against an employee; including race, sex, religion, colour, ethnic origin, national extraction, social origin, political opinion, family responsibility or marital status. A dismissal on any of the several grounds listed under section 4 of this Act would constitute unfair dismissal. On terminations and dismissals on the initiative of the employer, the burden of valid proof rests with the employer.The issue of constructive dismissal flows from actions or the conduct of the employer, his agent, or manager making it difficult or untenable for the employee to continue working, and may be forced to resign or leave the job on own initiative. An employee in such a situation can be deemed to have been unfairly dismissed, and can challenge the employer in a court of law. The burden of proof to establish “constructive dismissal” rests with the concerned employee.Yours faithfully,Samuel J Goolsarranlast_img read more

Snoop wants to invest in Wanyama’s Celtic

first_imgSnoop has said that the passion shown by the fans when Celtic beat Barcelona 2-1 on an historic night in the Champions League may have persuaded him to splash the cash and buy shares in the club.He said: “I got a lot of interest in soccer. It’s not a new thing for hip hop stars to invest in sports teams but it is a new thing for hip hop stars to invest in soccer teams.“I didn’t catch the whole Barcelona game but I watched the highlights. I know Barcelona are a big deal, and it shows Celtic are a big deal as well.“I see how passionate Celtic fans are about their team and I could see myself making an investment if any of the board wanted to sell.“I haven’t really thought how much. I don’t need to run a soccer club but enough of a percentage to get me on the board so I can be heard.“I want to bring a bit of Snoop to things.“I am passionate about my sport. The boxes at Celtic would never be the same once I have hosted a party there.”Snoop Dogg, who has sold more than 30million albums worldwide, asked his friend LA Galaxy midfielder David Beckham about Celtic for advice, according to the Daily Record.Snoop says that the former Manchester United star gave him the nod of approval when it came to investing in the Glasgow club. -DailyMail0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000LONDON, England, November 19- American rapper Snoop Dogg has bizarrely said he would like to invest in Scottish Premier League champions Celtic.The 41-year-old superstar, who has made no secret of his love for football, has been a fan of the Scottish side since he was pictured with a Celtic shirt in 2005.last_img read more

Fellaini sent off as Manchester United, Manchester City draw blank

first_imgCity remain fourth, a point behind third-place Liverpool with a game in hand, with United — who also have a game in hand on Jurgen Klopp’s side — a point further back in fifth place.“We were the better team in the first half, they were the better team in the second half,” said United manager Jose Mourinho.“They had more of the ball, more chances, but my players were amazing the way they fought.“Marouane Fellaini is frustrated. He says that with another player, it would probably not be a red card.”While United are now unbeaten in 24 Premier League games, equalling the club record, the Etihad Stadium stalemate means City retain the upper hand in the push for a top-four finish.But despite controlling the game, City came no closer to scoring than an early Aguero effort that hit the post, while substitute Gabriel Jesus had an injury-time header disallowed for offside.City also lost goalkeeper Claudio Bravo to an apparent calf injury, sustained as he caught a high ball, with Willy Caballero taking his place for the last 14 minutes after Bravo was stretchered off.Manchester United’s midfielder Marouane Fellaini (L) reacts to Manchester United’s manager Jose Mourinho (R) as he leaves the pitch after being sent off during the English Premier April 27, 2017 © AFP / Oli SCARFF“They created two clear chances and I am satisfied,” City manager Pep Guardiola told BBC Sport.“We all have tough games coming up now and we know it’s not an option to not win these games.”City remain on course for a top-four finish, their last remaining objective after last weekend’s FA Cup semi-final loss to Arsenal consigned Guardiola to his first trophy-less season as a coach.United could yet qualify for the Champions League by winning the Europa League.But in the main, Thursday’s drab derby served to illustrate why the Manchester rivals are squabbling over fourth place rather than fighting for the title.– Etihad erupts –With Paul Pogba injured, Mourinho aligned a conservative midfield trio of Michael Carrick, Ander Herrera and Fellaini, setting the tone for a tetchy, attritional contest.Marcus Rashford returned in one of four changes and while his lightning pace enabled him to leave Nicolas Otamendi for dead repeatedly, the teenager cut an isolated figure.Manchester United’s midfielder Ander Herrera (L) chases Manchester City’s striker Sergio Aguero (R) during the English Premier League football match April 27, 2017 © AFP / PAUL ELLISThe football that managed to emerge above the midfield melee was almost all City’s.The hosts hit the woodwork in the ninth minute, Aguero cushioning a volley against the base of the right-hand post from Kevin De Bruyne’s right-wing cross.United goalkeeper David de Gea fielded curlers from De Bruyne and Aguero and saved at his near post from Aleksandar Kolarov, while Aguero and Raheem Sterling arrowed shots over the bar.But there were two moments of unease in the hosts’ box, the first when Bravo clawed Anthony Martial’s cross into the path of Henrikh Mkhitaryan, whose shot he was then obliged to block.Shortly before half-time, Rashford’s free-kick from the left found Herrera unmarked at the back post, but the Spaniard headed wide.City continued to force the issue after the break, but United, expertly marshalled by Eric Bailly and Daley Blind, kept them at bay.Members of the pitch medical team carry off Manchester City’s goalkeeper Claudio Bravo on a stretcher after he got injured during the English Premier League football match April 27, 2017 © AFP / Oli SCARFFDe Gea comfortably saved from Sterling, twice, and Aguero, while De Bruyne ruffled the side-netting with a low drive after cutting in from the left.Otamendi looked poised to break the deadlock when he rose to meet Kolarov’s corner, but Bailly diverted his header over the bar.Fellaini’s dismissal gave City the edge and Guardiola immediately introduced Jesus, back from a broken foot sustained in February.The Etihad erupted when the Brazilian headed in Aguero’s cross, but an offside flag silenced the home fans and a stretching Aguero could only volley wide from De Bruyne’s cross moments later.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Referee Martin Atkinson (2R) shows the red card to send Manchester United’s midfielder Marouane Fellaini (C) off after an altercation with Manchester City’s striker Sergio Aguero (3L floor) during the Premier League football match April 27, 2017 © AFP / Paul ELLISManchester, United Kingdom, Apr 28 – Marouane Fellaini was sent off for brainlessly headbutting Sergio Aguero in an otherwise forgettable 0-0 draw between Champions League qualification rivals Manchester United and Manchester City on Thursday.Booked for tripping Aguero in the 84th minute, Fellaini fouled him again seconds later and then blatantly butted the Argentinian, leaving referee Martin Atkinson no option but to send the Belgian off.last_img read more

AFC dip into transfer market early, shop two foreigners

first_img0Shares0000Ugandan midfielder Keziron Kizito has joined AFC Leopards on a two year deal from Vipers SC. PHOTO/Eddiba.comNAIROBI, Kenya, May 29 – Struggling giants AFC Leopards have dipped in early into the transfer market, bringing in two international players to bolster their ranks ahead of a do-or-die second leg having performed below expectation in the opening 13 games of the season.Ugandan international Keziron Kizito has penned a two year deal, with the midfielder joining Burundian forward Alex Kitenge into the den, the latter having put pen to paper last week. “We want to do things early so that during the break they (new players) can at least have ample time to train with the rest of the team during this mid-season break. Of course as the management we are not pleased with the results of the first leg and we hope to see an improvement,” AFC Leopards chairman Dan Mule told Capital Sport.Ingwe suffered their fourth loss in five games over the weekend when they went down 0-1 away to Tusker FC at the Kinoru Stadium in Meru, condemning them to a 12th spot dip on the Kenyan Premier League standings.The Tusker game was the final assignment for head coach Stewart Hall who had expressed interest of leaving, barely eight months after he joined the 13-time champions. Leopards have already started to shop for replacements with Romanian Dorin Marin highly touted to replace him.“Hall told us verbally that he is leaving. We are only waiting for a written resignation but we have already started to look for replacements. There are both local and foreign options we have,” Mule added.AFC Leopards head coach Stewart Hall during his side’s match against Thika United on April 23, 2017. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaMule says the team will not drop any players having started the season with only 24 players. “We intend to add four more experienced players to the team so that we have a manageable total number of 28 players in the team,” added the chair.Ingwe started the season with promise, winning four of their opening six matches before going on a slump.Meanwhile, it is not all rosy next door for their arch rivals Gor Mahia who despite dropping two points for the second consecutive time remained top of the table. Head coach Jose Marcelo Ferreira was subjected to a hostile environment in their Sunday evening 1-1 draw with Posta Rangers.Fans chanted ‘Ze Maria must go’ as the game progressed and the Brazilian tactician quickly snaked away into the dressing room immediately after the final whistle.K’Ogalo are on 27 points, same as defending champions Tusker FC who moved to second courtesy of their 1-0 win over Leopards.The 15-time champions are facing an uphill task of reclaiming their title, but skipper Musa Mohammed believes they are still up to task.“It is not easy; there are tough matches we have to face and Posta’s was one of them. We still believe with the hard work we can manage to reclaim the title,” Mohammed said.He added; “We understand the fans’ frustrations but as players we don’t want that pressure to get to us. The moment we allow it in then it will make it difficult for us to play well.”Gor Mahia head coach Jose ‘Ze Maria’ Ferreira giving instructions during their game against Thika United at Nyayo National Stadium. PHOTO/ Raymond MakhayaGor go into the mid-season break separated from the defending champions by just a point. Tusker picked up their seventh consecutive victory, putting behind a disastrous spell at the beginning of the season.Meanwhile, 2008 champions Mathare United continued with their struggles, picking up a fifth consecutive loss with a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Nakumatt, a result that dipped them to bottom of the table.Francis Kimanzi admits he will have to rebuff the squad with a few experienced players in the June transfer window that opens midnight Wednesday, conceding the young guns might not be able to handle the pressure that comes with a fiery second leg.Mathare United head coach Francis Kimanzi passes a tactical point to his players during their match against Posta Rangers on April 17, 2017.PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluMeanwhile, Western Stima picked up a 1-1 draw with Kariobangi Sharks a point that moved them above Mathare, but still remained in the red zone.KPL Weekend resultsSaturday: Bandari 0 Kakamega Homeboyz 0 (Mbaraki Complex), Chemelil Sugar 2 Ulinzi Stars 1 (Chemelil), Nzoia United 1 Sofapaka 1 (Sudi Stadium), Thika United 1 Muhoroni Youth 1 (Thika Sub County Stadium).Sunday: Nakumatt 2 Mathare United 1 (Ruaraka Complex), Posta Rangers 1 Gor Mahia 1 (Nyayo Stadium), Tusker FC 1 AFC Leopards 0 (Kinoru Stadium, Meru), Western Stima 1 Kariobangi Sharks 1 (Moi Stadium, Kisumu), Zoo Kericho 1 Sony Sugar 1 (Kericho Stadium).0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

REVEALED! Mignolet on Klopp’s training methods and why Liverpool aren’t thinking about top four

first_imgLiverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet was a special guest on Thursday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.He looked ahead to February’s League Cup final meeting with Manchester City and discussed his fellow Belgian Kevin De Bruyne’s injury blow.He also spoke about Jurgen Klopp’s training methods and explained why the Reds are not thinking about a top four finish.Listen to the interview in full above.last_img

CONFIRMED: Hull suffer new blow as Robert Snodgrass is ruled out for four weeks

first_img Robert Snodgrass will miss matches for both Hull and Scotland Hull’s Robert Snodgrass is set to miss the next month with ankle ligament damage, ruling the midfielder out of Scotland’s crunch World Cup qualifier against England.The 29-year-old, so key in the Tigers’ bright start to the season, left the KCOM Stadium in a protective boot and on crutches after Stoke condemned Mike Phelan’s men to a fifth straight Premier League defeat on Saturday.It is an injury City have now confirmed will keep Snodgrass out for up to four weeks – a blow for club and country given Scotland travel to Wembley to face England on November 11.A statement from Hull read: “Scans have confirmed that Robert Snodgrass sustained ankle ligament damage during Saturday’s Premier League fixture against Stoke City.“The Scottish international is expected to be ruled out for up to four weeks.”The injury will see Snodgrass miss Tuesday’s EFL Cup tie at Bristol City, as well as up to four Premier League matches.The Scotland international will also be absent when Gordon Strachan’s side look to kick-start their World Cup qualifying campaign at Wembley next month.Snodgrass scored a hat-trick in Malta as their Group F campaign began with a 5-1 win, but a 1-1 draw at home to Lithuania and 3-0 loss at Slovakia has dented their hopes of making it to Russia. 1last_img read more

Listen: Michael Lynch says Cloughaneely dug ‘out of the pit’ to reach semis

first_imgMichael Lynch admitted that his Cloughaneely side were ‘very lucky’ to pull the embers from the fire last night against Naomh Colmcille.Jason McGee hit a memorable late winner as Cloughaneely scraped past the Division 3 battlers.Cillian Gallagher’s first half goal also proved vital as the Division 1 side took a 1-10 to 2-6 win. “We were very lucky to get out and maybe we shouldn’t have got out,” Lynch told Donegal Daily/Donegal Sport Hub.“It was a wee bit of class from Jason. You have to hand it to our boys, we were in the pit and we dug ourselves out.“I’ve been in teams that wouldn’t have won that game and you have to take that positive from it. They have showed good character.”Lynch hailed his match winner, McGee, after the Donegal midfielder – who has been carrying an injury of late – sprung from the bench to tip the scales. The Cloughaneely manager added: “It’s a wet night and a big kick from well outside the ’45. He played the percentages and that’s why we love to have him.”Listen to the full interview below …Listen: Michael Lynch says Cloughaneely dug ‘out of the pit’ to reach semis was last modified: October 1st, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:2019 Donegal IFCCloughaneelyJason McGeeMichael LynchNaomh Colmcillelast_img read more

‘Warriors must beat Racing 92 to maintain European hopes’

first_imgGlasgow Warriors must secure at least one victory against Racing 92 to have any hope of progression in the Champions Cup says coach Gregor Townsend.The Scottish side have never reached the knockout stage of Europe’s top club competition and face a daunting trip to France to take on a side Townsend regards as among the continent’s elite.Racing boast some of the sport’s greats including New Zealand icon and World Cup winner Dan Carter, fellow All Black Joe Rokocoko as well as a host of internationals from South Africa and France.Sitting in second place going into Saturday’s game, Townsend said: “It’s huge. I think we’re in the mix in the Champions Cup, we had an excellent win against Leicester and a disappointing defeat. “They were runners-up last year and French champions so that gives you the right to be classed among the best in Europe.“They’ve spent a lot of money to become one of the leading lights in Europe. They’ve got some of the best players the game has ever seen.“So we know the tests ahead of us, we know the players in their team will play close to their maximum in the Champions Cup.“Last year (in Paris) we had chances against them. We had a few line breaks that didn’t lead to tries. And then in the second half they just got the upper hand, especially in the set-piece. We know we’ll have chances, we’ve just got to make sure we take them.” “After two games we have five points and we need to back that up with more points.“It would be great if we could win them both and that’s the target but we need to go into our final two games having had at least one win over these next two matches.”A Boxing Day clash with Edinburgh follows the double-header with Racing and Townsend is in no doubt as to the challenge facing his men.“They’re [Racing] among the top three, top four sides in Europe,” Townsend added. last_img read more

Hearts tie Peter Haring down on long-term deal

first_img“I’m just enjoying playing here, enjoying the stadium, enjoying the city, I’m enjoying the club as well. That’s why I’m happy to sign a long-term contract.“When I signed here, or before I signed here, I spoke to the gaffer and Austin and it was clear they planned to play me as a centre back.“Pretty soon they moved me one step forward into central midfield and a position I’ve played a lot when I was young, and I position I really enjoy to play.“I was quite happy with that and happy that I could perform that well over the last season. “I’m happy with my goals, obviously, as well. I think it’s hard to plan things in football, it always comes a little bit different than what you expect.” Hearts have announced that Peter Haring has signed a new contract with the club, extending his stay at Tynecastle until 2022.The 25-year old has impressed since joining Hearts last summer and has benefited from a move from defence into midfield and has scored seven times in 36 appearances.Those displays have prompted manager Craig Levein to secure him on a longer deal and he’ll now be with the club for a further two years.“I just arrived here last year in June,” Haring told Hearts’ official website. “I felt quite at home pretty quick. Everything seems to suit me quite well. last_img read more

Susceptibility of CRA online system questioned in fraud trial

first_imgThe lawyer for a Chatham-area man accused of collecting more than $60,000 in benefits for dozens of fictitious children suggested the Canada Revenue Agency’s online reporting system could have been manipulated by someone else using Michael Hulme’s name.Ken Marley, Hulme’s defence lawyer, raised questions about the safeguards around the agency’s My Account for Individuals – an online portal that allows access to personal income tax and benefit information – as Hulme’s tax fraud trial resumed Monday in Chatham.The 39-year-old Bothwell man is facing four charges under the Income Tax Act after being accused of claiming fraudulent child-tax benefits in the amount of $32,320.50 between Feb. 24 and Dec. 31, 2014, and $29,140.83 between Jan. 12 and May 17, 2015. Benefit claims were made for both boys and girls, many born just days apart in the same month and year, and often sharing the same names, the court had heard.Sheldon DeCoste, manager of authentication management services for the agency’s IT branch when the Hulme applications were made, explained to the court that a social insurance number, an accurate date of birth, a postal code and information from a recent tax return were needed to create an online account.The witness testified that applicants also needed to select five security questions from a list of 50 before a letter containing the security code needed to access the new account was mailed.If someone had sufficient personal information, they could create a My Account in another person’s name, DeCoste confirmed while being questioned by Marley. DeCoste also acknowledged that a person would have access to another taxpayer’s account if they were able to intercept the security-code letter.In response, Crown attorney Paul Bailey recalled CRA investigator Rebecca Shen to the stand to provide further details on a September 2017 search of a Pain Court home where Hulme was reportedly living. Shen revealed that several documents were found at the home linked to Hulme, including the security-code letter and a childcare expense deduction form.Other tax forms that were addressed to Hulme at the home where he previously lived with former common-law wife Norita Demar were also seized.Earlier in the proceedings, Justice Lucy Glenn ruled on a previous in-trial hearing that statements given by Hulme to CRA benefits examination officer Barbara McCrea were voluntary, making them admissible as evidence. Both the Crown and defence previously agreed if the judge ruled the evidence admissible, it would be part of the trial proper.Bailey concluded presenting evidence on Monday and Marley opted not to call any evidence.The trial resumes Friday when closing arguments will be made.last_img read more

Unique Way to Contribute to the Disney Conservation Fund

first_imgShare This!©DisneyWith the opening of Pandora – The World of Avatar rapidly approaching, Disney has announced a creative way for Guests to help contribute to the Disney Conservation Fund, which supports conservation efforts here on Earth.With the new mobile adventure called Connect to Protect, when Guests enter the land, by utilizing the My Disney Experience app, Guests are invited to participate in conservation missions to help protect the habits of at-risk animals. During the missions, you will be able to interact with a digital scientist all while exploring the land. Guests will instant message with one of the moon’s ecological specialists, Fitsimti “Fits” Buckley. Fits will share information about conservation along the way that applies to both Earth and Pandora.Once Guests complete at least one mission, they will be able to unlock a $10 contribution from Disney Parks. If you just discuss conservation, you’ll be able to contribute $5 through the Disney Conservation Fund. Guests will have the option to choose where their money gets donated. They can choose from one of 10 threatened animal categories – butterflies, apes, coral reefs, cranes, elephants, monkeys, rhinos, rays and sharks, sea turtles, or tigers.Pretty cool way to help raise funds for endangered animals, right? I know I’m going to make sure to complete a mission when I’m visiting Pandora on opening day!last_img read more

Proteas pick top World Cup squad

first_imgAB de Villiers brings World Cup experience to the team. (Image: AB de Villiers) The Proteas, South Africa’s national cricket squad, will look to pull off a much better campaign in the upcoming World Cup, and squad selectors say they are confident all the right players have been roped in to take the team to glory. The team will soon head to the Asian sub-continent to battle it out in the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) one day international (ODI) tournament, which starts on 19 February and ends on 2 April. It will take place at sports grounds in three countries – India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.The recently announced final squad comprises 15 players who are all top performers in their respective domestic teams and for the Proteas.“The squad consists of seven specialist batsmen, three specialist spin bowlers and four specialist seamers, with Morne van Wyk providing wicket-keeping cover as well as an extra top-order batting option,” selection convener Andrew Hudson said.Jacques Kallis, a top batsman for the Proteas, has been declared fit to play after suffering a side strain and bruised rib during a test match against India in January. The final result was a draw, but the two centuries Kallis secured earned him the Player of the Test Award. His score of 109 not out in the final match was his 40th test century, while the double-century was his maiden in a test career spanning 15 years.“Cricket South Africa’s medical committee is happy with Kallis’s progress and he will be ready to play a full role with both bat and ball from the start of the tournament,” Hudson said.The veteran all-rounder nicknamed “The King” is one of seven specialist batsmen who South Africa will look to, to score multiple runs. He will partner with experienced international campaigners like Proteas captain Graeme Smith, as well as Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers and JP Duminy.Left-handed batsman Colin Ingram has made it into the final squad, as well as recent ODI debutant Faf du Plessis. “I am very happy with Faf du Plessis’s debut and form. He gives us a leg-spinning option as well and is an outstanding fielder,” said Hudson.Du Plessis managed to score 60 runs on debut in the third ODI match that South Africa lost by two wickets to India. The ODI series between the two countries is currently under way and will be concluded on 23 January at SuperSport Park in Pretoria. India has won two matches and South Africa one.Spin magic from TahirPakistan-born cricketer Imran Tahir looks set to be a significant player for South Africa. The Nashua Dolphins champ is now eligible to play for the Proteas after being granted South African citizenship by naturalisation.Tahir, a highly acclaimed spin bowler, has made it into the World Cup squad even though he’s never played an ODI. The leg-spinner, who’s played extensively in England and also featured for Pakistan, is one of the top-ranking bowlers in the South African franchise’s current season.“It is not a worry that Tahir has not played an ODI yet,” Hudson said. “His record in domestic cricket both in South Africa and England speaks for itself. We know exactly what he offers us.”There have been two more specialist spinners added to the team, Proteas T20 captain Johan Botha and Robin Peterson, who will no doubt help keep the opponents’ runs at bay. “The selection of three specialist spin bowlers is essential for the conditions we expect to encounter at the World Cup,” added Hudson.Four top seamersFast bowler Lonwabo Tsotsobe has been one of the brightest stars of the current ODI series. Taking four wickets for 22 runs against India on 15 January was a career highlight and made him one of only two South African cricketers to ever pull off such a feat. The other was former skipper Shaun Pollock.After such a convincing performance with the ball, it was a disappointment the Proteas lost the match by a single run.Tsotsobe also took four wickets in the first match of the series, when India was crushed by 135 runs.The lad from Port Elizabeth is one of four fast bowlers who have been selected to increase the fortunes of the Proteas in the World Cup. The evergreen Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel, as well as youngster Wayne Parnell, complete the bowling attack troop.Kenya and ZimbabweIn total, 15 national teams will lock horns in the ICC World Cup, with Zimbabwe and Kenya also representing Africa.Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and India carry the hopes of their fellow citizens on the Asian continent; while Australia, New Zealand, Canada, England, West Indies, Netherlands and Ireland will also offer some tough competition.South Africa will start their campaign on 24 February in New Delhi when they take on the West Indies.After bombing out in the semi-finals in the last ODI World Cup in 2007, the Proteas will be looking to win the tournament for the first time.last_img read more

Qantas plans to keep A380s flying for another decade

first_imgQantas CEO Alan Joyce in the new A380 lounge. Photo: Steve Creedy Qantas boss Alan Joyce wants to get another 10 years out of the airline’s refurbished Airbus A380s and says the move to bring the superjumbo’s product into line other aircraft in the fleet will help him do it.Inspecting the first refurbished aircraft for the first time in Sydney yesterday, Joyce said the international fleet would have a consistent product across its fleet for the first time by the time it celebrated its centenary next year.READ: Analyst tips Boeing will launch the 797.Despite moves by some airlines to retire 380s, the Qantas experts have done their sums and Joyce argues a new configuration with a 27 percent increase in premium seating will help keep them in the air.The airline is replacing its aging A380 business class seats with its well-regarded next-generation Business Suite and has boosted the number of seats in this class from 64 to 70.It’s all-premium upper deck now has 60 premium economy seats, up from 35 in the old layout,  and features the same seats as its Boeing 787s.A welcome change is that the premium economy cabin now has two dedicated toilets and business class has four. Previously they shared facilities.Another big development is a lounge with seating designed for socializing and that offers a range of drinks and between-meal snacks and drinks.Snacks range from marinated olives to a selection of cheese, a roasted vegetarian tart and beef koftas.Business class is darker than on the 787s and the lounge is dark and intimate.Qantas A380Designer David Caon in the new Qantas A380 business class. Photo: Steve Creedy“We just wanted to create a more sophisticated mood,” said designer David Caon.“As we started to work various palettes … this one was the one that seemed to make the most sense in terms of creating that sophisticated feel.”Caon said many of the flights were night flights and he loved the idea of meeting up with a friend for a drink in a different setting.“On an aircraft, you do get a lot of those lighter finishes, they’re the ones that are typically selected in a lot of different spaces,” he said. “We wanted to experiment with something that was a little bit more interesting and textual.”The lounge features seating for 10 on deep green leather seating with wood-paneled walls and will be available to first and business passengers.First class and economy have both been refreshed with new cushioning and fabrics and first-class customers get a bigger video screen.Qantas A38 refreshThe way to go if you have the dough: the refreshed Qantas A380 first class. Photo: Steve CreedyJoyce is pleased with the result and says the design team led by Caon delivered a better design than was originally envisaged when he first saw it as a virtual reality display.“I think our customers are going to love it,’’ he said at the unveiling. “We’ve had these aircraft now for 10 years, we want to have them for the full life going through to 20 years.“We know that the product in the 787s and 330s is getting an amazing reaction from customers.“And having the A380s behind …  was something we needed to fix.”While noting the airline loves its efficient twin-engine Boeing 787s, Joyce said the double-decker A380 still has a place in the Qantas fleet and there are still routes where it can do better.He pointed to Los Angeles, where the scheduling window requires bigger aircraft, as well as slot-constrained destinations in Asia such as Shanghai and Tokyo Haneda.“We’d like to fly the A380 to Haneda one day, we still have to work through that, but that is a market where we think there’ a role of the 380,’’ he said.“We’re not going to get a lot more slots into those markets so you need to have the bigger aircraft to make money on them.”There were also longer routes such as the Qantas flights to Dallas-Fort Worth where the A380 also worked.Joyce said a detailed analysis had concluded a fleet of 12 A380s was right for Qantas and routes such as Perth-London, where the load factor is 95 percent in premium cabins, showed money could be made out of good premium content.A look at unsatisfied demand led the airline to believe the 27 percent increase in premium seats was needed and would work.Qantas A380Qantas boss says new A380 configuration will help boost revenue per flight. Photo: Steve CreedyThat unsatisfied demand included companies that would not pay for business class but wanted something better than economy, retirees that wanted extra comfort on long-distance flights as well as high-income individuals.“It meets a market demand that we’ve just seen growing over the years,’’ he said.“So we think this combination of what we’re doing on the  aircraft will improve our revenue per flight quite considerably and that improves the economics of the 380s and allows us to justify the business case to keep them longer.”Asked about the impact of a decision to lower interest rates in Australia on the dollar and income of retirees, Joyce said the airline still saw people spending money on experiences.He also believed the move by the Reserve Bank of Australia to cut rates to historic lows. combined with other stimuli in the economy, would produce benefits such as homeowners having more disposable income.However, he agreed that a lower Australian dollar stemming from the cuts would impact the airline in several ways.The Qantas boss said a lower Aussie dollar was positive on revenue out of the US, where Qantas had a large proportion of its sales in the Pacific, but negative out of Australia with people less likely to go to the US.he said the group was already seeing that in Hawaii and Jetstar had moved some capacity to Bali.The airline also bought fuel in US dollars, which was why its hedging program was important, and the cost had a negative impact on the group.Overall, however, he saw an exchange rate where the Australia dollar was worth somewhere in the low 70 US cents range as the ideal spot for Qantas.“If it gets in the 50s, we buy aircraft in US dollars (and) that’s a big negative since we’re spending a lot of money on aircraft.“We don’t like it too low, we don’t like it too high either.”However, he believed the RBA decision was a positive one.The Qantas boss said the airline group was still seeing weaknesses in some segments but growth in others.The resource sector was very strong but there was a weakness in telecommunications and infrastructure travel and weakness in price-sensitive leisure travel had not improved after the election, he said.last_img read more