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Latam Eco Review: Seeing red over pink dolphins and flamingos

By on February 10, 2020

first_imgArticle published by Maria Salazar 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 The most popular stories published recently by our Spanish-language news service, Mongabay Latam, featured endangered pink Amazon river dolphins, the world’s rarest flamingos, palm oil plantations in Nicaragua, impunity in Peru, and mansions in Colombia.Mercury and accidental capture endanger Amazon river dolphinsThe Amazon river dolphin (Inia geoffrensis) was recently categorized as endangered in the IUCN Red List. Threats to this pink dolphin include accidental capture, killing for bait, river dams, and pollution from chemicals and heavy metals, especially mercury. Researchers say another river dolphin, the tucuxi, or gray dolphin (Sotalia fluviatilis) could be next on the list.Studies have determined that Amazon river dolphin populations are in drastic decline. Image by Fernando Trujillo/Fundacion Omacha.Pattern of impunity in timber extraction from Peru’s AmazonAn analysis of 10 years of official figures reveals a pattern of illegality and complicity in the “laundering” of timber from the Peruvian Amazon. The report documents a variety of false licenses used to illegally extract timber worth $112 million from the three most important producing regions: Ucayali, Loreto and Madre de Dios. More than 60 percent of the timber inspected by the forest oversight agency, OSINFOR, in Loreto and Ucayali is illegally sourced from areas whose owners or representatives were charged with serious forest law violations. This estimate reflects 40 percent of what of is actually extracted.Agency staff watch over logged trees in Peruvian rainforest. Image courtesy of OSINFOR.Cornered by oil palms, Nicaraguan farmers move into Indio Maíz reserve“You see communities dying because the company buys the land and displaces the people. This also results in a lot of conservation damage because, normally, the people who sell, head to the reserve,” says a local environmentalist about the impact of large-scale oil palm cultivation in southeastern Nicaragua. A joint investigation by Mongabay Latam and Nicaragua’s Onda Local shows vast expansion by the company Palmares El Castillo is causing an exodus into the Indio Maíz Biological Reserve protected area, one of the most important tropical forests in Central America.Palm oil fruit. It is estimated the company Palmares de El Castillo has grown twice the size authorized by Nicaragua’s environmental authority in 2006. Image by Julio López/Onda Local.Indigenous community vows to fight lithium firm in Chile’s Atacama Salt FlatsAn indigenous community will appeal the government’s decision to drop sanctions against a lithium company for damages to Chile’s Atacama Salt Flats near the Peruvian border. The government dropped charges that Sociedad Química y Minera de Chile (SQM) had modified its environmental contingency plan to allow for greater resource extraction than permitted. As a result — say indigenous and environmental groups and government agencies — canals and rivers in this fragile, Ramsar-recognized wetland area dried up. The salt flats are the world’s most important reproductive center for flamingos, notably the vulnerable Andean (Phoenicoparrus andinus), and the near threatened Chilean (Phoenicopterus chilensis) and James’s (Phoenicoparrus jamesi) flamingos.Atacama Salt Flats. Image by Michelle Carrere.Luxury mansions invade Bogota’s protected areasThe long struggle to defend the Eastern Bogota Protected Forest Reserve from urban expansion got serious after a local environmental authority ordered the demolition of two mansions. The Cundinamarca local authority suspended the construction of “luxury invasions” and ordered the demolition of two mansions affecting this protected area that connects the Chingaza and Sumapaz national parks. Urban building now occupies 4.26 percent of the reserve, and mining another 0.77 percent.The local environmental authority has ordered the demolition of this luxury house built in a protected area. Image by Cundinamarca Regional Autonomous Corporation (CAR).Read these stories in their entirety in Spanish here at Mongabay Latam.center_img Agriculture, Animals, Conservation, Critically Endangered Species, Dolphins, Endangered Species, Environment, Forests, Illegal Logging, Indigenous Peoples, Infrastructure, Logging, Palm Oil, Protected Areas, Rainforests, Wildilfe last_img read more

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She’s a Maneater returns with force

By on January 19, 2020

first_img CLEAR WINNER SHE’S A MANEATER yesterday made minced meat of ANOTHER BULLET, pouncing on the five-year-old colt at the top of the lane, after running four wide into the straight, and wasted no time in pulling away to land the 1500-metre Fontainbleu Trophy by three and a half lengths. The Triple Crown-winning filly announced her return with aplomb, clocking the second-fastest time for 1500 metres this year, 1:30.3, bettered only by Horse of the Year stablemate SEEKING MY DREAM, who posted 1:30.0 in March, beating fellow Grade One campaigner FRANFIELD by seven lengths. Champion jockey Omar Walker settled the filly in fifth position down the backstretch, leaving the widest draw in the 10-horse field. She worked her way inside but was caught behind a quartet of horses – ANOTHER BULLET and stablemate DWAYNE STAR, ORPHEUS, and SUPERLUMINAL – all vying for the lead and creating a Trump-like wall approaching the half-mile, forcing Walker to switch to the outside. The pace quickened at the half-mile marker with ANOTHER BULLET and DWAYNE STAR going at each other, leaving ORPHEUS behind, while Walker stoked SHE’S A MANEATER to go past SUPERLUMINAL approaching the three. The filly responded like a Bugatti and swooped down on the battling trio two and a half furlongs out. Straightening four wide, she took aim at ANOTHER BULLET and was in control within another half-furlong, pushed out by Walker for a clear lead at the furlong pole. Inside the last half-furlong, the champion jockey gave her a reminder, to which she pricked her ears and started showing off, galloping out a clear winner at odds of 1-5, ahead of ANOTHER BULLET, who stayed on for second, unable to capitalise on an eight-pound weight swing from their previous meeting when she had beaten him by four lengths with a four-pound advantage. A 10th win from 11 starts, her first in open allowance, leaves SHE’S A MANEATER with one more start at the level before she graduates to Grade One ahead of next month’s Superstakes and December’s Diamond Mile, two of the richest races on the racing calendar. Panamanian Dick Cardenas won three races to top all riders, opening his tally with JAMAICAN CITIZEN in the second before winning back-to-back events aboard DASH BOARD and NUCLEAR WARNING, both driving finishes, in the eighth and ninth races, respectively. Patrick Lynch was the day’s leading trainer with two winners, 8-1 shot TOOT THE BLUES in the seventh and NUCLEAR WARNING in the ninth. Holiday racing holds sway at the weekend, Saturday and Monday’s Heroes Day.last_img read more

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Foot and mouth disease…

By on January 18, 2020

first_img…spreadingTrotman just can’t leave well alone, can he? Now that the energy portfolio – read oil and gas – has been plucked from his grubby little hands, he seems driven to find excuses for his embarrassing demotion. Namely that his giveaway on the oil contract with Exxon was so egregious, it made the rape of the Sabine women look like a friendly tussle!!The fella seems to forget it was he who’d boasted about his “negotiation prowess” and he was going to take Exxon to the mat!! He took them to the mat, of course, but unlike the case with the Honeymooning Couple, it was soon clear he wasn’t the one “on top”!! At the time Your Eyewitness concluded he was delusional. But since he refused to reveal the details of the “deal” he’d made – save his boast he’d DOUBLED the royalty rate the PPP had accepted – your Eyewitness didn’t realise the depth of his deceit.First, he insisted Exxon didn’t HAVE to agree with the need for a renegotiating and he had accomplished some sort of legerdemain to bring them to the table. He’s still pushing that line even though we know – after he and his government were dragged kicking and screaming to reveal the (sordid) details of the contract – the Production Sharing Agreement (PSA) had a time element that had expired. But the excuses now shifted to WHY he’d rushed to sign without proper advice or help.And now he’s not only ventured further into the realm of the delusional, but is undermining our national security.  Speaking to the Bar and Bench’s seminar on the oil sector, he concocted a new “reason” for his bumbling:  Maduro’s decree over our waters on May 27  (not May 26 as Trotman claimed) to include the Liza find. “It is important for Guyana to move to production as quickly as possible, so we could assert when we got to court that production was taking place within the territorial waters of Guyana. If it was that there was no production, it would be a matter for dispute as to where the realm stood. So, getting to production was strategic, because it had to do with sovereignty.”So let us go through this slowly. We’ve never conceded there’s ANY merit in Venezuela’s claim that the full and final award was affected. THIS, in fact, was just a CONTROVERSY Venezuela created. And that’s why we wanted to take the matter to the World Court. Now, why would we want to now STRENGTHEN something that was already ironclad??! Hasn’t  Trotman now introduced an element of doubt into our position?The old saw applies here: if it ain’t broke, DON’T fix it!! Especially when it’s just to save (Trotman’s) face!!…in the AG’s ChambersWhen will someone take care of the embarrassment into which the Attorney General seems hell bent on imposing on his Chambers permanently? First, there was the quality of the (legal?) advice he was giving to his principal – the President and the Cabinet. He was then given five legal “luminaries” to show him some light. Didn’t help though! And the cases he insisted on pursuing which were more like personal vendettas than anything else just made him appear more vindictive than he already was.Now he’s really gone over the edge into raging, full-time megalomania. He claimed he wasn’t invited to the Bar and Bench’s oil seminar and, therefore, issued a decree that no one on his staff could attend. Turns out he was, in fact, invited but had declined because he would be “out of the jurisdiction”!! He obviously thought the event should’ve been postponed until he returned!!Seems like it’s not only Ramjattan who thinks he’s the Sun King!!…in the PresidencyNow why should the President want to break up the present stellar judicial team of the incumbent Chancellor and Chief Justice just to parachute in an old army squaddie?If it ain’t broken, don’t fix it. Please!!last_img read more

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After the melee of Mash

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first_imgDear Editor,A recent emblematic Stabroek News photograph of two floats, captioned “Old habits die hard” caught my attention. The vexing visage of what was hours before the centre of gravity now seared the esthetics of the national capital city; retired on a reserve, Homestretch Avenue. Our national pastime had come and gone; and with it the fanfare, revelry, jubilation and excitement – the melee of Mash.Yet events like Mash are important in the life of a nation, in the psyche of a people, and should be supported and preserved. When I was a child living on the Shopping Plaza in South Ruimveldt Gardens, back then, the name of the place resembled its use. On the ‘Plaza’ was a Mash camp and Peter Tang was its master designer.The Mash camp was a place of tremendous wonder; the sights, sounds and smells. I remember one year Mr Tang produced a fire breathing dragon. I can’t remember if I’ve seen such an animated production before or since. The sketched designs were art in and of themselves. Talent, style and beauty par excellence on full display. When a man transitions this life, only the quality of his work remains as a measure. And sometimes even that is lost irretrievably in a nation like ours.In the years that Mr Tang reigned our parents would release us into the care of the band members on Mash Day and the big truck or ‘low bed’ was our perch to view the day’s festivities. As a result of Peter Tang and so many other such figures who passed through his camp, Mash dwelled with us before the designated day and long after.I wish more children would be exposed to our culture in this way. It was an education for me and in many ways shaped my thinking as a young man growing up. In a Mash camp you are exposed to art and history, Maths, science, geography, and economics, nay the curriculum and what was more it was an open expanse for the imagination. When I went off to high school this Mash experience gave me a special appreciation for books like King of the Masquerade by Michael Anthony, and what was to become a favorite,The Dragon Can’t Dance by Earl Lovelace.Seeing those floats reposed on Homestretch reminded me of how much work and sheer talent goes into producing them, sculptures of beauty for a moment of glory. But why should that be? Could we have a ‘Mash museum’ where all our floats and costumes, or the best thereof, go to be enjoyed by our children, tourists and others all year round so that the beauty of Mash might linger longer? And in this era of ‘Going Green’, of recycle, reuse, reduce’, couldn’t some of the materials for this year’s Mash find their way into next year’s production? I am certain that with the cost of production, something can be salvaged.Sincerely,Sherod Avery Duncan,LLB, JPDeputy Mayor,Municipality ofGeorgetownlast_img read more

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Danny ‘envisaged’ playing for Arsenal

By on January 11, 2020

first_img“It’s exciting times for me. It’s great to be a part of this club and it’s a team that I’ve always watched in the Premier League,” Welbeck told the Arsenal website.“I’ve envisaged myself playing in this team before. For it to finally happen is very exciting.”Figures associated with United have expressed dismay over the club’s decision to sell a young home-grown player such as Welbeck.Former United midfielder David Beckham said that he was “sad” to see Welbeck leave, while Mike Phelan, the former assistant manager to Alex Ferguson, claimed the club’s identity had been “broken”.But Welbeck, 23, faced increased competition for places after United signed Radamel Falcao on loan from Monaco on transfer deadline day and he said that joining Arsenal was the right move for his career.“Things move on in life and I think you’ve really got to make the right decision in the situation that you’re in at that moment in time,” he said. “I really do believe that coming to Arsenal is the right decision.“I’ve been at United ever since I was a little boy and I had a great time there. I just think this is the next stage of my development — to come to Arsenal, to really show people what I can do as a footballer, and hopefully get to the place where I want to be.”Welbeck was afforded rare opportunities to play at centre-forward for United, but with Olivier Giroud currently sidelined by a broken tibia, he hopes to be given a chance to prove himself as a goal-scorer at Arsenal.“At Arsenal, we’re not short of combination football and I like to join in on that and get in behind defenders and try to get shots off at goal,” he said.“I want to score some goals and help the team to achieve the right results.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000LONDON, September 3- England forward Danny Welbeck risked antagonising supporters of his former club Manchester United on Wednesday after admitting that he “envisaged” playing for Arsenal even before joining them.A Manchester-born United fan, Welbeck graduated through the youth ranks at Old Trafford but was allowed to join Arsenal on Monday for a fee of around £16 million ($26.6 million, 20.2 million euros).last_img read more

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Venezuela eyeing Russian-subs deal

By on January 10, 2020

first_imgCARACAS, Venezuela – Venezuela is studying buying Russian submarines that would transform the South American country into the top naval force in the region, a military adviser to President Hugo Chavez said Thursday. Gen. Alberto Muller, responding to a Russian newspaper report that Chavez plans to sign a deal for five diesel submarines, said the government is “analyzing the possibilities” but that the money has not yet been set aside. Oil-rich Venezuela has already purchased some $3 billion worth of arms from Russia, including 53 military helicopters, 100,000 Kalashnikov rifles, 24 SU-30 Sukhoi fighter jets and other weapons. Washington, which calls Chavez a destabilizing threat to the region, has voiced strong concern about those deals. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Russian business daily Kommersant said Chavez would sign an initial contract for five Project 636 Kilo-class diesel submarines during a trip to Moscow starting June 29 with the possibility of Russia supplying four state-of-the-art Project 677 Amur submarines later. Muller told The Associated Press that those proposed purchases would make Venezuela’s navy the region’s strongest. “Venezuela is interested in examining within a strategic context the possibility that these submarines fit our defense plans,” Muller said. Venezuela’s priority is to strengthen its navy, which “is not of sufficient magnitude to defend Venezuela’s coast and to ensure (the safety) of routes by which its exports leave,” he said. Venezuela is the world’s eigth-largest oil exporter. Russia has also angered the United States by selling weapons to Syria and Iran and any additional deals with Venezuela would likely further strain U.S.-Russian relations, which are broadly seen as having plunged to their lowest point since the Cold War.last_img read more

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Pit bull rescuer’s husband arrested

By on January 3, 2020

first_imgAGUA DULCE – The ex-convict husband of a pit bull dog rescuer and one of her employees have been arrested as part of an ongoing investigation, sheriff’s deputies said Friday. ArenMarcus Jackson, husband of Villalobos Rescue Center owner Tia Torres, turned himself in to authorities Tuesday and was being held on a no-bail parole hold. Employee Kanani Chock was arrested Sept. 6 after a parole agent and six deputies went to the rescue compound where both men live in the 36000 block of Anthony Road. Torres herself is not part of the investigation and has not been arrested or charged, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Detective Dan Dantice said. Attempts to reach Torres on Friday were unsuccessful. Her center is now the largest in the nation with 200 pit bulls, most of them trained for good homes, therapy animals and Hollywood films. Her Pets in the Hood program employs docile pit bulls to teach compassion and husbandry to kids in juvenile hall at Sylmar. karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Jackson, 37, wasn’t at the compound during the Sept. 6 search. He later surrendered to parole agents and was booked on suspicion of violating his parole. Jackson served about 14 years in prison for attempting to murder two Orange County sheriff’s deputies, officials said. He got out of prison last year, Dantice said. Chock, 20, was arrested on suspicion of possessing methamphetamine and was released the same day pending charges, Dantice said. Torres was in the news last month when she kidded that she might reopen a Nevada bordello to fund her animal rescue operation. Torres first opened her heart and home to pit bulls, now associated with gangs and blood sports, in 1993 after rescuing a shelter dog found at the site of a double murder in Lancaster. last_img read more

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Charges seen in injury crash

By on December 28, 2019

first_imgVALENCIA – The California Highway Patrol will recommend the filing of felony child-endangerment charges against the parents of five children who were injured Monday in a collision on Interstate 5 near Rye Canyon Road, a CHP officer said Tuesday. The youngsters, ranging in age from 7 years to 9 months, were still recovering Tuesday from injuries suffered when they were thrown onto the freeway as the car they were riding in flipped over, Officer Michelle Esposito said. Detrick Hillinquest, 35, who was driving, and passengers Lisa Hebert, 34, and Vincent Williams, 22, were treated for minor injuries. The Bakersfield family was heading south in a 1998 Ford Explorer when Hillinquest changed lanes in front of a 2006 Nissan Altima, clipping the front of that car, hitting the guardrail and rolling the Explorer in the center median. None of the children was restrained by seat belts or car seats, Esposito said. 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 MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 “There were no car seats anywhere,” Esposito said. “They had eight people riding in a car designed to hold five people. Two of the kids were riding in the very back of the Explorer and the mom was sitting in the back seat holding the baby with three kids on the seat next to her.” The children were airlifted to Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, where a 3-year-old girl and a 7-year-old boy remained for observation Tuesday. Carol Rock, (661) 257-5252 carol.rock@dailynews.com last_img read more

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Homecoming for Highland football star

By on December 27, 2019

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsAn official ceremony will be held during halftime of tonight’s Golden League football opener against Littlerock. Marcus Demps, a 2001 Highland grad and a Detroit Lions rookie defensive back, suffered a season-ending ACL injury and will not attend tonight’s ceremony. “This is where I started, where I developed into a man,” Will Demps said via telephone Wednesday from Giants Stadium in East Rutheford, N.J. “It’s always great to have this opportunity to give back, but I never thought I’d be in a situation where I had the funds available to do it.” Demps somehow slipped under the collegiate scout radar at Highland. He had just one Div. I scholarship offer – a partial package from St. Mary’s of Moraga – despite leading the Southern Section in interceptions with 11 his senior year. PALMDALE – He was told he wasn’t fast enough, tall enough, strong enough and definitely not good enough to play organized football at the next level. And that was when Will Demps was still in high school. The 1997 Highland High of Palmdale grad has made a career out of proving his detractors wrong. Demps, now a starting NFL defensive back for the New York Giants, returns to his alma mater tonight for a dedication ceremony for scoreboards he and his brother, Marcus, also a Highland alum who plays in the NFL, purchased for the school’s football field and gym. At the prodding of Highland coaches and friends, he walked onto the team at San Diego State, where he was a two-time first-team All-Mountain West Conference selection. Nevertheless, he wasn’t invited to an NFL combine out of college. He signed with the Baltimore Ravens in 2003 as an undrafted free agent. It wasn’t until he completed three productive years that he became a coveted commodity, with the Giants signing him to a multiyear contract – the terms of which were not disclosed. Will Demps suffered a season-ending torn ACL last December, but is back at full strength. “Will has constantly overcome odds and shown that there’s a lot more to him than just his physical prowess,” said Highland coach Jim Root, who was the defensive coordinator when Demps played at the school. Demps said his overachieving career is the result of the work ethic his parents, William Henry Sr. and Kaye Demps, instilled in him as a child. William Henry Demps is a retired Air Force officer who works for the state Department of Corrections. Kaye Demps owns and operates a Palmdale dry cleaner. “We wanted to do this for (our parents),” Will Demps said, “so they can see our names on the scoreboard when they go by the school.” Will Demps became active in community service in Baltimore, donating money to local hospitals, volunteering time to coaching clinics for kids, and becoming involved in a program teaching students carpentry skills. He was a “110 Percent Effort” award recipient in 2003, an honor given to players who exemplify all-out play on the field and contribute to the community. Among those who lobbied SDSU coaches to give Demps a chance out of high school was close friend Kim Allen. Her son Sean Berglund and Demps were former Highland teammates and college roommates at SDSU. “He’s always been a great person and he still is today,” Allen said. “What’s remarkable about him is he’s still very grounded.” Demps will meet with players from both teams before tonight’s game. “It hasn’t really hit me yet,” Demps said. “I’m sure it’s going to be kind of one of those bittersweet moments where it’s going to be surreal when I get there, but when I have a chance to take it all in it’s going to be great.” gideon.rubin@dailynews.com 661-267-7802160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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When one man toyed with fate: The night Chelsea’s European dream was destroyed

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first_img3 The ball left Andres Iniesta’s foot, floated just over Petr Cech’s hand, and Stamford Bridge fell silent.Despair crashed down on Guus Hiddink as Pep Guardiola and his coaching staff celebrated wildly in front of the home support. It was meant to be Hiddink’s crowning moment during his short stay in west London, but instead became a match forgotten for the football and remembered for the outrage that flowed both during the action and after the final whistle blew.Those infamous 90 minutes in England’s capital also changed the life of the man overseeing them. Referee Tom Henning Ovrebo was the subject of death threats in the weeks and months following the match, and the fears for his safety in the immediate aftermath of the game meant he had to be escorted out of the country by police.Speaking ahead of Chelsea’s upcoming Champions League last-16 clash against Barcelona, Ovrebo has admitted he made mistakes in the May moonlight nine years ago.“It was not my best day really,” Ovrebo was quoted saying by Sky Sports. “Some days you are not at the level you should be. I can’t be proud of that performance.“There were several errors and everyone will have their opinion of those plays.“They were handball situations. I judge them on the pitch and I think it is interesting to know what I think of those actions once judged, although I understand that people think different to the decisions I made at the time.”* * *Ovrebo’s performance was a ‘disgrace’ according to Didier Drogba: ‘It’s a f*****g disgrace’ he thundered into the television cameras when the final whistle was blown, just seconds after Iniesta’s strike from the edge of the area, assisted by Lionel Messi, had booked Barcelona’s place in the 2009 Champions League final.Droba’s foul-mouth outburst to the television cameras earned him an £85,000 fine. Image courtesy of Sky SportsThey were to play Manchester United, and their place was secured in the showpiece fixture with this 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge.Towards the end of April, one week before the return leg in London, Chelsea produced a spirited defensive display at the Camp Nou to leave Spain with a 0-0 draw in the first-leg of their semi-final.It gave them, while not a major advantage, a sense that Barcelona could be knocked out of Europe when they visited England.And Barca’s exit was on the cards for over 80 minutes at the Bridge.Michael Essien fired in the most unpredictable of powerful-yet-controlled volleys leaving Victor Valdes grasping at air in the ninth minute.That gave the hosts a lead which they held until second-half injury time.Before Iniesta netted the most heartbreaking goal ever scored at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea had four separate penalty appeals turned down by Ovrebo which led to Drogba’s post-game outburst.A Dani Alves foul on Florent Malouda was adjudged to have taken place outside the area rather than inside, which led to only a free-kick rather than a penalty, while Yaya Toure and Eric Abidal both avoided punishment for tackles on Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka that would have been called fouls on any other night.Furthermore, two handball incidents were not called, despite the obvious nature of Gerard Pique’s and Seydou Keita’s infringements.The latter episode happened right at the death, after Iniesta had cancelled out Essien’s goal with his own mesmeric strike from the edge of Chelsea’s area.It was Michael Ballack’s shot which struck the inside of Keita’s arm, and he chased Ovrebo as the referee retreat away from the action with the lines of his face giving nothing away; Ovrebo was the antithesis of Ballack, apathy contrasted with fury.Ballack chases Ovrebo when his call for handball is rejected. Image courtesy of Sky SportsOvrebo’s next action was to blow the final whistle; cue Drogba’s outburst, Hiddink’s half-hearted attempts to restrain him, and a black mark that would dog the rest of Ovrebo’s career.* * *Chelsea got their revenge, of course. A few years later, Ramires and Fernando Torres scored in the Camp Nou to guide the 10-man Blues to the 2012 Champions League final, and they went on to claim the famous trophy that year.The two sides meet again on Tuesday, now each other’s bete noire.But nothing will ever erase the memories of that infamous night in west London, when one man toyed with the fate of an entire football club. Andres Iniesta’s goal sent Barcelona through to the Champions League at the expense of Chelsea last_img read more

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