first_imgAmid growing concerns about hygiene, China fast-tracked laws banning the consumption and trade of wildlife.While the law does not apply to dog meat, Shenzhen and Zhuhai — southern cities not far from Yulin — banned the consumption of dogs in April, becoming the first cities in China to do so.And last month the agriculture ministry reclassified dogs as companion animals, not livestock, though it did not explicitly prohibit eating them. Activists save hundreds of dogs every year by raiding slaughterhouses and intercepting trucks. They say traders steal pets and strays and transport them long distances, mostly to the country’s south. “You feel a kind of achievement because you’ve changed some dog’s life,” said Ling, who volunteers at the center.Dog meat is traditionally believed to be good for the health in certain parts of China, but the habit has been in steady decline as more and more affluent urban dwellers choose to keep the animals as pets.The COVID-19 outbreak appears to have further reduced the appetite for dog meat after the disease was linked to a market in the central city of Wuhan selling animals for food. Volunteers at a Beijing dog shelter hand out treats to dozens of rescued animals which had been bound for a controversial dog meat festival under way this week in southern China. The annual event in Yulin city always provokes outrage from animal rights activists, but this year they hope the coronavirus epidemic will be the death knell of a tradition they see as cruel.It is “inhumane and barbaric”, said Jeffrey Bari, founder of the No Dogs Left Behind organization, which keeps around 200 canines in large wire enclosures on the outskirts of the Chinese capital and re-homes them. Falling attendance Video footage of this year’s Yulin dog meat festival verified by AFP shows dozens of animals crammed in small, dirty cages and butchers at several large stalls piled high with dog carcasses.But restaurant workers involved in the week-long event, which they say started Sunday and has been renamed the “Yulin Summer Solstice Festival”, told AFP that attendance was down.”The number of arriving customers has dropped a lot,” said a man surnamed Chen.He said the dog meat restaurant where he works would open as normal this festival without any special events or pricing like in past years.Some posts on the Chinese social network Weibo called for the festival to be cancelled entirely after COVID-19 and a recent fresh outbreak of the disease in Beijing linked to a wholesale food market.”Is it not enough that [the festival] is infamous throughout the world? Where will food safety become a reality… Stop this damn festival at once,” one user wrote.Experts pointed to a shift in public attitudes towards dog meat consumption and food safety in the wake of the virus.  A proposal for China’s first nationwide law banning animal cruelty received wide public support during the annual parliamentary session in May, while a viral video of a Chinese university student torturing a cat sparked mass public outcry in April.Chen said neither police nor the government had ordered his restaurant to stop selling dog meat as a result of the animal’s reclassification as pets. “I would say that [the rule] impacted the rest of the country and people were talking about it, but I did not see it having an immediate impact on the dog meat trade in Yulin,” said Peter Li of the animal rights group Humane Society International.Despite the efforts of activists and concerns about hygiene, the Yulin event has persisted with the local government’s tacit permission. “Most of the activities related to the sale of dog meat there are in violation of existing Chinese food safety regulations,” said Deborah Cao, professor of animal law and ethics at Griffith University in Australia.But she said “existing food safety laws in China are not enforced in most instances” and there is “no accountability.” Topics :last_img read more

first_img Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 21 May 2019 3:41 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link359Shares Advertisement Unai Emery pays tribute to ‘special’ Petr Cech ahead of Arsenal goalkeeper’s final appearance Petr Cech is set to play his final game for Arsenal in the Europa League final (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery has paid tribute to Petr Cech ahead of the Europa League final which will be the veteran shot-stopper’s final game before retirement.The 36-year-old has enjoyed a glittering career winning 18 trophies during his time in England with Chelsea and Arsenal and is set to hang up his gloves after the final between the two clubs in Baku on May 29.After losing his place to Bernd Leno in the Premier League from October onwards, Cech has predominantly been utilised by Emery as a cup goalkeeper, starting ten of Arsenal’s 14 games in the Europa League.Having played an important role in Arsenal’s route to the final, Cech is expected to retain his place against Chelsea, although Emery remained coy over which of his goalkeepers would be given the nod.ADVERTISEMENT Bernd Leno took Petr Cech’s place in the Premier League back in October (Picture: Getty)Speaking ahead of the game next week, Emery said: ‘All is positive. I have only known him this year. His experience is vast in football, he is here because he has done [great] service.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘His commitment is large. I want to enjoy with him. I am a privileged coach to be with him. We are going to do all we can to win. I believe in him, I can use him or I can use Leno but above all, I want to enjoy special moments with players.’Emery went on to recount a story involving Cech from earlier in the season when Arsenal played Belarussian side BATE Borisov in the round of 32 when the former Czech Republic international acted as his translator following a question in Russian.He added: ‘He can speak in Russian. He can speak many languages. He is a very special man.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityAlthough Cech is set to bring a glittering playing career to an end, there have been reports that he will remain in the game next season, possibly as a coach or Arsenal or in a technical position at Chelsea.In total, Cech has made 138 appearances for Arsenal since joining the club in a £10m move from Chelsea in 2015 and he will be hoping to add a Europa League medal to the FA Cup he won in 2017.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgThe potential of the UK’s tidal and wave power sectors is laid out in a new report which has been delivered by the UK Marine Energy Council and Scottish Renewables.It also sets out an economic blueprint for the sectors, which remain “effectively locked out of the UK energy market”.Sue Barr, Chair of the Marine Energy Council, told how the proposed ‘innovation power purchase agreement’ model provides a framework for small-scale tidal and wave technologies to deploy devices in UK waters, and also secures a market for the power they produce.She said: “The UK’s tidal stream sector has achieved phenomenal results to date, with 10MW of operational capacity already deployed in our seas, proving the technology whilst providing economic and environmental benefits from Cornwall to Orkney. Our wave sector is not far behind.“However despite our world lead in these technologies, both tidal stream and wave power are effectively locked out of the UK energy market by a system which means they must compete with proven technologies, such as fixed offshore wind, which have achieved significant cost reductions having been granted a market mechanism by government.“If we as a country really want to reap the benefits of building these sectors in the UK, now is the time to act.“The industry has come together to deliver these recommendations to government, offering a sensible plan to scale-up the development of both tidal stream and wave power in the UK, and we look forward to working with them on these proposals over the coming months.”Scottish Renewables chief executive, Claire Mack, said: “Scotland’s remarkable marine energy resource has placed us front and centre in developing this industry with global potential, so we are pleased to have supported this report setting out this industry’s clear recommendations to government.“Despite a series of challenges facing the sector our members continue to break records, progress development and, as this new report sets out, deliver benefits to rural communities.“Getting the development pathway for these technologies right means being able to increase the benefits the sector delivers, help balance our energy system and export more of our knowledge abroad – as well as cutting the costs of these innovative technologies.”Barnaby Wharton, Head of Policy and Regulation at RenewableUK, said: “The UK is a global leader in innovative marine energy projects, building up a new industry which is bringing economic benefits around the country, especially in coastal areas.“We are already capitalising on our success by exporting our expertise in wave and tidal power around the world to countries including China, Indonesia, Canada, Peru and Australia.“This report makes a strong case for Government to establish a route to market for this ground-breaking technology using incentives such as tax rebates for companies which sign power purchase agreements with marine power projects.“The more generators the industry gets in the water, the more opportunities they have to learn how to increase their efficiency and reduce costs. We’re confident that, in time, this industry will be cost-competitive with other forms of mainstream low-carbon generation. As we go down that path, investment will increase and exports will continue to grow.”David Jones, project director at Marine Energy Wales, also lent the organisation’s support to the report, saying: “Wales, along with the devolved nations and regions, see marine energy as a critical low-carbon opportunity that is providing positive economic impact in rural coastal economies.”The report, UK Marine Energy 2019, can be downloaded from Scottish Renewables’ website.last_img read more

first_imgWEBSTER CITY, Iowa – Mitchell Machine doubles the size of its IMCA contingency program this season, with new awards for Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod and Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMod driv­ers.Top eligible finishers in national standings for both divisions receive $250 product certificates from the Webster City, Iowa, transmission manufacturer and machine shop. Second- and third-place eligible drivers in each division receive $100 product certificates. Product certificates in the same increments go to top three eligible drivers in both EQ Cylinder Heads Northern and Southern Regions for IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars. In addition to competing with a Mitchell-manufactured transmission, drivers in all three divisions must return a sign-up form to the IMCA home office by Aug. 1, display two Mitchell Machine decals on their race car and provide proof of purchase made between Jan. 1 and Oct. 1, 2015. “The Bullet transmission is a great piece for SportMod drivers and this year we are building on the success of it in the Stock Car ranks,” IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder said. “I think drivers will be very pleased with the durability of the product and should give Ted Mitchell a call for more information.” All awards will be presented during the national banquet in November or mailed beginning the following week from the IMCA home office. This season is Mitchell’s ninth as an IMCA sponsor. Information about Mitchell Machine products and services is available by calling 515 297-3333 and at the website.last_img read more

first_imgAuthorities in Kentucky have arrested a 24-year-old father after he admitted to punching and slamming his 3-month-old daughter several times.The incident occurred Thursday at at home on Keri Anne Court.Officials say they received a call about an infant with a head injury and when they arrived, they found the 3-month-old with bruises, bleeding in her eyes, and other possible internal injuries.The infant was rushed to the hospital where doctors discovered that the infant also had 27 fractures to her body.The infant’s father Sean Dykes, later told authorities that he has multiple personality disorder and became angry, so caused the injuries to the infant by punching her and then slamming her on the ground several times.Dykes has since been charged with first- and second-degree assault and child abuse.It was reported that he was also arrested in March after he reportedly attacked both his girlfriend and his mother and tried to strangle at least one of them.last_img read more

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – Axed Trinidad and Tobago Red Force wicketkeeper/batsman Denesh Ramdin has blasted the team’s selectors and has gone as far as accusing coach Mervyn Dillon of not wanting him around.In an interview on the Mason & Guest radio show here Tuesday, the former West Indies captain said the disrespect of senior players by the selectors and the uncertainty team members were feeling were affecting morale.The veteran cricketer, who chairman of selectors Tony Gray said had been omitted from the 13-man squad for the sixth and seventh rounds of the tournament because of a lack of form, added that there was a serious problem in communication between players and management.“They’re not respecting our senior players. They are doing their own thing, basically,” the former Red Force skipper said, adding that he was not the only experienced player who has been overlooked.“Ravi Rampaul was available for the whole season and they just bypassed him. When you look around there’s no one who can bowl faster than this guy. He helps the younger players.”In the two matches he played for Red Force this season, Ramdin batted three times and scored just 16 in one instance and two ducks in the others. He ended last season with 348 runs, including two half-centuries, at an average of almost 22.Ramdin admitted being “shocked and surprised” at being dropped, adding that the chairman of selectors had told him to “play club cricket”.“Our system is very strange. They will call you and let you know when you get dropped, but when you get selected you have to read it in the news. It’s very disrespectful,” he told radio show hosts Andrew Mason and Dr Andrew Forde.“I’m not sure what message they’re sending to the younger players because at the moment they have players who think that if you get a low score you’re going to be out the next game, so guys are not comfortable in the game. They’re scratching here, they’re scratching there, they’re wondering ‘if I don’t make runs this game, I’m gone the next game’.”Ramdin said he would have loved to captain the team for one more season, to give the younger players guidance, but believed he was not appreciated or wanted by Dillon, with whom he said he did not “see eye-to-eye”.“That’s what we’re lacking in the Caribbean at this point in time – the guidance of the younger players to do certain things, but our coach at the moment, I don’t think he wants me around,” he charged.“I believe he just wants a young group of guys that he can dictate and use them to go forward, but this Four-Day Tournament you need senior players around so that when pressure comes you’d be able to handle it a lot better.”Red Force are going into the next round of the six-team tournament in fifth place, on 46.6 points. Barbados Pride lead the standings with 84.2 points, ahead of defending champions Guyana Jaguars on 60.8 points. They are followed by Jamaica Scorpions on 57.4 points and Windward Islands Volcanoes on 50 points. Leeward Islands Hurricanes round up the bottom with 32.6 points.In addition to Ramdin, four others were dropped from the Red Force squad, led by Yannick Ottley. Ramdin, Yannic Cariah, Keagan Simmons, Kissoondath Magram and Daniel St Clair have been replaced by fast bowler Anderson Phillip, veteran leg-spinner Imran Khan, spinner Khary Pierre, batsman Isaiah Rajah, and former West Indies Under-19 batsman Cephas Cooper. RED FORCE SQUAD: Yannick Ottley (captain), Jeremy Solozano, Isaiah Rajah, Joshua Da Silva, Jason Mohammed, Imran Khan, Akeal Hosein, Bryan Charles, Uthman Muhammad, Anderson Phillip, Terrance Hinds, Cephas Cooper, Khary Pierre. Mervyn Dillon (coach), David Furlonge (manager).last_img read more

first_imgAFTER the approval of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, boxing in times of coronavirus is now a reality, although without fans. Las Vegas has become the city that hosts the most boxing events in the United States and the world. And after two weeks of twice-weekly shows, Top Rank will deliver the sport’s first world championship boxing action this week.The fight that marks the return of world title fights will be between reigning beltholder Andrew Moloney and Joshua Franco, who will fight for the WBA super flyweight title on Tuesday, June 23 at the MGM “Bubble” in Las Vegas.“The Monster” Moloney (21-0, 14 KOs), who moved his camp from Australia to Las Vegas, will make his debut in America, while “The Professor” Franco (16-1-2, 8 KOs) will fight in his first championship fight. The champion is undefeated since his debut in 2014 and his challenger has not lost in two years.The winner will stand at the gates of a mega-fight against Nicaragua’s pride and WBA super champion Román “El Chocolatito” González, who has just recently dethroned Khalid Yafai.The fight looks even on paper and has high expectations on ESPN’s platform, which will broadcast the first world title fight in times of the pandemic, presented by Top Rank. (Fightnews)last_img read more

first_imgPorter has averaged 11.8 points and 5.3 rebounds in 29.4 minutes per game this season. He has shot 36 percent from 3-point range.Porter was originally selected by the Wizards out of Georgetown with the third pick in the 2013 draft. He has spent all six of his NBA seasons in Washington. NBA trade rumors: Bradley Beal ‘100 percent’ focused on helping Wizards, agent says Porter has two seasons remaining on the four-year, $104 million contract he signed in July 2017.The Wizards will return to the court when they face the Knicks on Monday. They’ll enter that game with a 9-14 record. Related News Otto Porter Jr. appears like he’ll be remaining with the Wizards.Multiple teams, including the Kings, have reportedly expressed interest in dealing for the 25-year-old forward. But, Washington is “not looking to trade” Porter, according to a report from NBC Sports Washington, which cites an unidentified league source.last_img read more

first_imgSign-stealing by MLB teams is becoming ever more sophisticated, and some clubs are responding by making their own signs from catchers to pitchers difficult to decipher. The Nationals took their countermeasures to an extreme in this year’s World Series vs. the Astros.Per The Washington Post, Nats coaches worked out a plan before the best-of-seven Fall Classic to keep Houston from, legally or otherwise, picking up signs and then relaying them to hitters. The product was a complex set of signals that were used for every pitch, not just with runners on second base. The main setup, as reported by the Post’s Barry Svrluga, who spoke to Nationals pitching coach Paul Menhart and reliever Sean Doolittle:First, each pitcher had to have his own set of signs, and catchers Yan Gomes and Kurt Suzuki had to be familiar with each one. So the staff printed out cards with the codes and had them laminated. The catchers could have them in their wristbands, a la an NFL quarterback with play calls strapped to his forearm, and the pitchers would have them in their caps. Each pitcher had five sets of signs, and they could change them from game to game — or even batter to batter, if necessary. Using the set labeled No. 2, but worried the Astros were catching on? The pitcher could signal to the catcher to move to set No. 3.The story also goes into detail about indicators and sequences of signs, things like “chase the two” (first sign after two fingers are shown) and “outs plus one.”FOSTER: I should have been clearer about sign-stealing”This is the way the game’s going to go now,” Menhart told Svrluga. “You’re going to have to have this. Sign-stealing has become quite an art.”The Post’s story was published one day after The Athletic published a story (subscription required) in which former Astros pitcher Mike Fiers claimed Houston stole signs with video and then relayed that information to hitters in 2017, the year the club won the World Series. MLB took measures in 2018 to prevent electronic thievery after allegations that the Astros, Red Sox and Yankees were stealing signs or spying on opponents. MLB is working with the Astros to investigate Fiers’ claims. The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal and Evan Drellich reported Wednesday night (again, subscription required) that MLB will want to interview Astros manager A.J. Hinch, Red Sox manager Alex Cora and Mets manager Carlos Beltran about the alleged relay system. Cora was Hinch’s bench coach in 2017, and Beltran was on the roster as a player. Beltran has long been known as one of the game’s best “legal” sign-stealers.Beltran denied to The Athletic (and, earlier, to Joel Sherman of the New York Post) that the team used video to steal signs. Instead, he said, they did it the old-fashioned way: by studying the catcher from second base.”We took a lot of pride studying pitchers [on] the computer. That is the only technology that I use and understand,” Beltran said via text message, per The Athletic. “It was fun seeing guys get to the ballpark to look for little details.”last_img read more

first_imgFour-team Playoff lives (for now)The Playoff committee will not hot have to deal with the Alabama debate. That won’t completely stop the eight-team playoff push, especially knowing at least one Power 5 conference champion — perhaps two — could be left out. The Oklahoma-Utah argument is more palatable knowing a one-loss Power 5 champion could get in while the other doesn’t. That wouldn’t be the case if a one-loss non-champion got in over both.Bama faces big questionsThe Crimson Tide likely will still make a New Year’s Day 6 Bowl, but this will be the first time Saban coaches a team in the Playoff era in what could be considered a “consolation game.” LSU and Auburn shredded Alabama’s defense, which could mean some shifting on the defensive staff. The truth is the Crimson Tide did not have a championship-caliber unit on that side of the ball.Tua Tagovailoa could also opt for the 2020 NFL Draft, and that creates an interesting quarterback controversy for next season (do you go with Mac Jones, four-star freshmen Taulia Tagovailoa and Paul Tyson or incoming five-star recruit Bryce Young?) Nick Saban will once again need to ask some tough questions in the offseason. No. 5 Alabama lost to No. 16 Auburn 48-45 in the Iron Bowl on Saturday, which clinched a virtual certainty for the first time in the College Football Playoff era:Nick Saban-led Alabama will not be one of the four final teams in the Playoff. It’s a loss that shakes up the entire Playoff picture heading into conference championship weekend. Here are the biggest impacts on the SEC and Playoff picture: MORE: Tigers win a wild one in Jordan-HarePac-12, Big 12 rejoiceAlabama’s loss eliminates the Tide from the Playoff, based on the standard that no two-loss team has made the Playoff.That opens the door for Utah in the Pac-12 and, potentially, the winner of the Big 12 championship between Oklahoma and Baylor. Now those teams won’t have to become entangled in a philosophical argument with the Crimson Tide. It also will create an interesting argument between those three one-loss teams. Would you take the winner of Oklahoma-Baylor or Utah for that final spot if LSU beats Georgia?SEC can still get two teamsIt’s just the two teams everyone envisioned. Georgia, despite a loss to South Carolina on Oct. 12, still controls its Playoff destiny. The Bulldogs can get in with a victory against LSU, and the Tigers likely would stay in the top four unless it is a total catastrophe in Atlanta.Those two teams have enough quality victories piled up to stave off the Pac-12 and Big 12 champion — if you’re Baylor, Oklahoma or Utah, you are rooting hard for LSU so the SEC becomes only a one-Playoff team league.last_img read more